Fintry Development Trust has today released a short documentary that shows how communities can benefit from investing in renewable energy. The village of Fintry in Stirlingshire is a primary example of a community that has embraced renewable energy – and benefited greatly.
The short documentary film Wind of Change has been released online. It shows how Fintry, with its 300 households, became the first village in the UK to enter a joint-venture agreement with a wind farm developer. Instead of fighting the plans for the 14-turbine development, they convinced the renewable developers to add an additional turbine for the village to the proposed wind farm. Fintry now receives an average of approximately £30,000-£50,000 a year in revenue from the wind turbine and is investing the money to the benefit of the entire community. Fintry Development Trust manage the income stream from the turbine and has provided free insulation to more than half of the households in the village and is now embarking on new ambitious projects to eventually make Fintry a sustainable, zero waste and zero carbon community.
Wind of Change follows the Fintry community as it carries out a number of these projects such as installing micro-renewable heating systems, planting a community orchard and opening a woodland area for the local primary school. The 15-minute documentary was produced by Edinburgh-based filmmaker Cornelia Reetz. It premiered at the UK Green Film Festival in Leeds and Glasgow and will be broadcast on the Community Channel in a few weeks time. You now have a chance to watch the film online on the following website: http://windofchangefilm.wordpress.com/.