Unprecedented support for local wind farms

Hampshire Renewable Energy Co-operative (HREC) reaches an impressive 2,000 signature milestone almost 2 months ahead of target.

Members and supporters of HREC, a Co-operative for local renewable energy generation in Hampshire, have been proving that Hampshire residents want to see more renewable energy in the county.

Over the past few months teams of volunteers have spent time in Basingstoke, Winchester and Andover surveying the local population and the response has been resounding.  More than 2,000 Hampshire people have said ‘Yes’ to the proposed new wind farm at Bullington Cross by sending a letter or email of support to their local council.

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As well as street canvassing the HREC team has successfully used social media and direct mail to encourage local people to add their signatures to the campaign of support for the wind farm at Bullington Cross.

Martin Heath, HREC Director, comments: “This is an excellent effort. National statistics tell us that 70% of the UK population positively support wind farms and only 12% object to them. We’re really pleased that the people of Hampshire follow this national trend. It’s great to see such high levels of continued and sustained support for the proposed Bullington Cross Wind Farm and we’re seeing more supporters joining every day.”

HREC was set up to create a range of renewable energy generation facilities throughout Hampshire. These facilities will be co-operatively run for community benefit. The Co-op also provides a valuable resource for all aspects of renewable energy.  HREC plans to own 10% of the 14 turbine Bullington Cross Wind Farm under its community ownership scheme.  The planning committee decision for this wind farm application is anticipated to happen this June

“We’re continuing our campaign efforts over the next 6 weeks as it’s imperative for the future of community owned renewable energy in Hampshire that the public have the opportunity to voice their opinions. We’ve provided an easy on-line mechanism for local people to add their support to the campaign. This and the dedication of our volunteers has been key to our success.” continues Mr Heath.

The Hampshire Renewable Energy Co-op Team will be at The South Downs Green Fair on Sunday 11th May, and also at the Highclere Game & Country Fair, May 25th & 26th. Full campaign events schedule can be found on the HREC website www.hampshire-energy.coop

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