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Watchfield Village Hall Solar Appeal....

WeSET was one of the last community groups to successfully pre-register a solar PV array under the old Feed-in Tariff (FiT) rates, enabling it to generate not only green electricity, but also money to help support local environmental projects. We have until 26 September 2016 to get the panels working or lose this opportunity for ever. Will you help by making a donation to our £18,500 appeal? Act now, and WeSET will match your gift. Click here to donate

Home Grown Energy Presentations....

If you missed reading last year's Conference papers, then click here!

Watchfield Village Hall....

We have just launched an appeal for funds to raise £18,500 to put 10.1 kWp solar PV panels on Watchfield Village Hall. WeSET was one of the last community groups to successfully pre-register a solar PV array under the old Feed-in Tariff (FiT) rates. This means that the array will be eligible for the better FiT so long as we can get the panels installed and commissioned by 26 September 2016. As well as the direct environmental benefits, the project effectively triples the value of any donation as it will also enable: - the provision of some free electricity worth about £30,000 over the lifetime of the panels for the hall which is owned by Watchfield Village Hall Management Committee. - the income from FiTs and exported electricity, providing WeSET with an additional long term income stream worth about £30,000 over the lifetime of the panels. To donate please click here to download the form.

2016 planned visit/open days....

The dates for scheduled visits & open days have now been released - Click on the 'Come & Visit' badge above.

Open Day 2015 Photo Gallery....

Photos taken at the Open Day on the 20th June 2015 can now be viewed by clicking here

Home Grown Energy Conference....

The presentations given by the speakers at the Home Grown Energy Conference are now available for downloading. The presentations from the 'Celebrate Local Energy' at the Open Day on the 20th June 2015 are also available. Click here to view the presentations

10,000th visitor!

Westmill Wind Farm celebrates its 10,000th visitor. Click here to Read more....

Home Grown Energy Conference - Renewable Energy Policy

Click here to download the talk given by David Hardy of Squire Patton & Boggs regarding the legal perspective of the Renewable Energy Policy

Home Grown Energy Conference – June 19th

This conference will provide a better understanding of the planning and development process for community scale wind and solar power. The programme includes presentations and discussions on legal, landscape, financial and community issues from some of the UK’s leading experts. Click here to read more... or here to read the Detailed Programme and click here to book.

Westmill Open Day - June 20th

This is a free event for the general public to see the turbines and solar panels close-up. Adults and children can get involved in practical renewable and energy saving activities. Click here for details.....

Celebrate Community Energy- June 20th (part of our Open Day)

Jonathan Porritt CBE, founder of Forum for the Future will be the key note speaker. Westmill and other leading community energy projects will tell their stories and discuss where community energy is going. Click here to read more .....

Artweeks – WeSET Unplugged 16th, 17th 23-25th May

Click here to find out more about the exhibition and performance and tour times and dates Unplugged opening times 10 - 18.00 …16,17 and 23, 24, 25 May

Note - Chris Park performances are weather dependant

Interpretation Board

Click here to read about our Interpretation Board

7th January 2015

Energy Research Trial Seeks Participants in Shrivenham, Watchfield and Longcot. Click here to read more.....

renewable energy in your community


Westmill wind and solar farm co-ops started as a small group of local people who wanted to make a difference. The co-ops now have almost 4,000 members who together turned those dreams into energy projects that now generate over 15GWh/year of renewable energy and are 100% community owned.

Westmill Sustainable Energy Trust (WeSET) is the charity set up by members of the co-ops to take forward that desire to make a difference. We carry out a wide range of activities, the core being educational work, supporting local energy conservation and renewable energy initiatives and arts projects. We encourage and facilitate visits to the site and every other year organise a larger event. We hope that you may feel inspired to join us or to do something in your community that help to work towards a low carbon future.


registered charity no. 1158820

Wind farm location: Westmill Wind Farm, Watchfield, Swindon, SN6 8TH - beside A420 and off B4508