Dutch energy producer offers fractional shares in wind turbine
Dutch renewable energy producer Windcentrale is offering consumers the chance to own a fractional share in a local windmill, benefit from a proportionate amount of the green energy it produces.
Windcentrale has divided up a single windmill’s output into units with an expected energy output of 500 kilowatt hours (kWh) each per year. Interested parties can purchase one or more of those units to supply their own household consumption, which averages about 3500 kWh. Power is delivered through the local utility, and during wind-free days it’s supplemented with the utility’s own, traditional supply. When members move, meanwhile, they can simply take their shares with them.
Windcentrale is now accepting applications by email from interested Dutch consumers. It needs at least 3,000 to make the project viable (at the time of writing it had 971), and hopes to begin operation of its windmill in Goeree Overflakkee in 2013.