A short documentary about how a Stirlingshire village has benefited from renewable energy and other energy saving projects can now be watched online. Fintry Development Trust's Wind of Change film shows how Fintry became the first village in the UK to enter a joint-venture agreement with a wind farm developer.
The village of 300 households decided that instead of fighting the plans for the 14-turbine development they would convince the renewable developers to add an additional turbine for the village to the proposed wind farm. Fintry now receives an average of approximately £30,000 and £50,000 a year in revenue from the turbine and is investing the money to benefit the whole community.
Fintry Development Trust manage the income from the turbine and has provided free insulation to more than half of the households in the viallage and is now embarking on new projects to eventually make Fintry a sustainable, zero waste and zero cabron community.
The Wind of Change 15 minute documentary follows the Fintry community as they carry out a number of projects such as installing micro-renewable heating systems, planting a community orchard and opening a woodland area for the local primary school.
Wind of Change was produced by Edinburgh-based filmmaker Cornelia Reetz. It premiered at the UK Green Film Festival in Leeds and Glasgow and will be broadcast on the Community Channel in a few weeks time. You now have a chance to watch the film online on the following website: http://windofchangefilm.wordpress.com/.