South Brent Community Energy Society

V27 on 16 November 2015

Welcome

Welcome to the society's website. Here you will find information about the Society and its projects.

The Society was established in 2011 by members of Sustainable South Brent to take forward a medium size wind turbine project for the benefit of the community. The Vestas V27 wind turbine, rated at 225kW, was installed in August 2013 and began generating electricity in September 2013.

The Society also owns the 9.88kWp PV array on the South Brent Recreation Association's pavilion building, which was installed in June 2014 and has generated 54,377kWh to end of March 2020.

V27 on 2 January

2 January 2021 - still waiting for the crane to come back...

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News

6 January 2021: New Year, new challenges, new lockdown. We're still waiting to hear when the crane will return to begin the task of replacing the main shaft and rebalancing the blades.

10 December: Just to round off a really terrible year, we've heared that the repairs to our wind turbine won't happen until the New Year, due to a backlog of work at NatGen, inclement weather forecast for the run-up to Christmas and the Christmas and New Year holidays. So wherever you are, stay safe and lets hope for better things in 2021.

30 November: The replacement main shaft assembly has been delivered, we're now waiting for NatGen to begin the big task of removing the blades, gearbox, old main shaft etc, which will require a period of settled weather like the one we've just had...

21st October: We have now agreed a course of action to bring our wind turbine back to full working order. The work will be weather dependent and is not expected to start until late November at the earliest. The costs involved and the loss of income mean that reluctantly we have had to suspend the awarding of any grants from our Community Energy Fund for the time being.

2nd October: NatGen's conclusion, after consulting far and wide, is that the blades are unbalanced and will have to be removed and re-aligned. The main shaft is eccentric and it and its bearings may also have to be replaced, along with the generator bearings and a bunch of other stuff. As yet we do not have a time or a price for this work, but it means the crane will have to come back.

17th September: Unfortunately the replacement gearbox, installed on 2nd Septmber, has not cured our wind turbine of its ills and today it has had to be shut down again. The initial report from our maintainers does not sound good so we can expect another prolonged outage. This has come as a bitter disappointment. More news when we have it.

Wind turbine monthly output

April 2020: 21,350kWh

May: 15,859.4kWh

June: 0 kWh

July: 0 kWh

August: 0kWh

September: 4,695kWh

October: 0 kWh

November: 0 kWh

December: 0kWh

PV monthly output

April 2020: 1,242.15kWh

May: 1684.8kWh

June: 1295.9kWh

July: 1333.2kWh

August: 1058.0kWh

September: 891.2kWh

October: 512kWh

November: 258.8kWh

December: 196.9kWh