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Local community gets green energy profits

Profits of £20,000 are being distributed to the local community from renewable technologies installed a year ago.

The village of Ladlock in Cornwall had modified 12 buildings, including homes, with solar panels, biomass boilers, ground-source and air-source heat systems.

The profits have come from national grid feed-in tariffs, which are paid to UK producers of renewable energy.

The village is also considering hydro-electric energy systems.

Low Carbon Ladock was formed in Autumn 2010, after Ladock and Grampound won £500,000 in a government-run competition, the Low Carbon Communities Challenge.

Its first profits will include renewable energy devices in local homes.

Group chairman Chris Jones said: “We hope our donation to the community will be that kind of order every year.

“We are trying to increase our ability to earn money and benefit the whole community as well.”

He said it was now working with a not-for-profit wind turbine company to build a turbine that could earn the group £25,000 a year.