village of Wedmore – well within the local environs of Somerset
Cider Vinegar – cut the ribbons on a £1.1 million,
locally funded solar power plant this weekend.
worried that the £50 billion plant down the road at Hinkley
Point won’t be ready on time the residents have sold shares
in their local scheme that is capable of powering 200 local kettles
at one time as well as selling to the National Grid.
having many of the most expensive properties in Somerset within
the parish boundary and being an ever popular retirement venue undoubtedly
made raising the cash easier but villagers have been able to buy
shares in the Wedmore Community Power Co-operative for as little
will graze beneath the 4,000 solar panels; the hedgerows of native
species will both screen the two paddocks being used and add environmental
diversity to the scheme. Local labour has been used wherever possible
and local workers have been invited to buy cheap shares in the project.
was one of the first places in Somerset to be lit by electricity.
In 1908 the Wedmore Electric Light and Power Company generated power
16 years before the nearby city of Wells.