Dunbar Community Energy Company

Posted on Mar 10, 2011


Dunbar Community Energy Company

A group of volunteers set up this company as a trading subsidiary of Sustaining Dunbar to explore options for generating income for community projects across the Dunbar and East Linton area. With help from Community Energy Scotland a feasibility study and planning application was submitted to East Lothian Council in 2012.

The aim was to secure a 500kW community owned wind turbine on Cocklaw which had the potential to create a profit of about £5M for reinvestment in local projects over the subsequent 20 years

Unfortunately the application were unsuccessful and so was the appeal to Scottish Ministers in August 2013 so the company remains dormant.

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This is what my dictionary says about community energy.

Community

  1. A group of people living in one place
  2. A group of people with a common religion, race or profession
  3. The holding of attitudes or interests in common
  4. A group of animals or plants living or growing in the same place

Energy

  1. The strength and vitality to keep active.
  2. A person’s physical and mental powers
  3. Power derived from physical or chemical resources to provide light and heat or to work machines.

There are different types of community energy. Some involve big companies taking a share; some involve shareholders in the community.

Dunbar Community Energy will borrow the money, at a good rate, then pay it back. This keeps it nice and tidy with all profits being shared by the community.

Dunbar Community Energy will use money to fund local projects with environmental and social benefits.

Our community is all the people living in the Dunbar and East Linton ward of East Lothian.