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Published on Sep 19, 2011
Community energy has become an important component in the renewable energy revolution. Particularly in Scotland, more and more communities realise that generating their own electricity can have great advantages. Wind of Change is a short documentary that shows how Fintry in rural Stirlingshire, Scotland, has embraced renewable energy for a more sustainable future for their village.
In the age of peak oil and climate change, fuel poverty has become a serious issue throughout Scotland, where 30% of the population is not on mains gas and rely on expensive and carbon intensive heating systems. The village of Fintry is fighting back. After long negotiations, they became the first village in the UK to enter a joint-venture agreement with a wind farm developer that secured a wind turbine for the community. From the income stream the turbine generates, Fintry has given free insulation to more than half of all households in the village and is now embarking on new ambitious projects to eventually make the village carbon-neutral. The film portrays the village of Fintry as it carries out a number of new projects such as installation of micro-renewable heating systems, planting a community orchard and opening a woodland learning area for the local primary school.