Baywind Energy Community Trust (BWECT) was formed in 1998 as a voluntary condition for obtaining planning consent for a windfarm located at Harlock Hill, Pennington near Ulverston in Cumbria. The Trust was primarily funded by the owners of the wind farm, Baywind Energy Co-operative Ltd and from 1998 to 2015 between £1,200 and £2,500 was paid to the Trust each year. The funding allowed the Trust to provide energy saving measures and education resources for residents living near the site of the turbines.
(1) contributing towards reducing carbon emissions in your organisation / in the local area
(2) promoting renewable sources of energy for the public benefit
(3) promoting the conservation of energy through advice and education
(4) energy efficiency improvements in your organisation/in the local area
(5) promoting and supporting sustainable community
BWECT makes grants to such people or organisations in order to meet its five objects.
Income & Aims
Baywind no longer owns the five original turbines are Harlock Hill. The site was re-powered in 2016 with two bigger turbines under a new co-op named High Winds Community Energy Society. High Winds has agreed to pledge to BWECT at least £3,000 per MW installed per annum. Income has also been pledged from Mean Moor Ltd, the owners of the wind farm opposite High Winds. Funding is expected to commence in 2020.
The significant increase in future funding means BWECT can continue to support individuals and organisations that meet its Objects within a wider geographical area than just local Parishes/Towns if need be.
BWECT are currently in the process of formerly registering the Trust with the Charities Commission. Previously their income was below the level for registration.
Trustees are generally recruited from the local Parish, but membership is open. Currently, two local people, three directors from Baywind Energy Co-op and 0ne director from High Winds Community Energy, act as Trustees.
How do the Trustees operate the fund?
BWECT Trustees meet on a regular basis to decide how to use the funds. Applications are received throughout the year and the trustees make their decision to meet the Objects of BWECTs trust deed and the grant funds based on the merit of each request to meet the aims of BWECT and the cost involved. BWECT has worked with many organisations and individuals over the years to offer different ways of delivering energy efficiency.