A quarry in the town of Blaencilgoed in south Wales, UK is to be powered by on-site renewables from recently-launched power company Albion Community Power (ACP).
Investment of £1.5 million (US$2.5 million) will come from a partnership between London-based ACP and Welsh developer Infinite Renewables. The money will fund a 500-kW wind turbine for the quarry, which supplies of much of the region’s demand for materials used in asphalt, concrete and other civil engineering projects.
The wind turbine is expected to come online in September and will generate around 1700 MWh of electricity per year.
The turbine is the first investment made by ACP. The company says it aims to be a major producer of community-scale renewable energy, with plans to raise up to £100 million ($164 million) to power around 35,000 homes. ACP expects to invest in a range of renewable energy projects including brownfield wind, solar PV, hydroelectricity, biogas and biomass, it said.