Today driving into work I was pleasantly surprised to hear a spokesperson say on the radio that a community wind farm in Clare is doing it ‘to find their own answers and solutions’, long being an advocate of less government and specifically less government control unless required, it was truly heart-warming to know that people are not relying on the state to solve their problems, at least not in West Clare they aren’t anyway!
The new wind farm is coming about due to the co-operation of 30 farming families, it will give a dividend back to the local parish (for interesting insight into socialised public rent read up about Alaska’s citizen dividend) meaning that there will be benefit directly for the people affected. Private solutions are the best solutions in my opinion, the state has had virtually no role in this project (other than granting planning permission) and it is proof that people, indeed whole communities, parishes, and counties, know best when it comes to what is or isn’t good for them.
It is the rationale of projects where people work together for the common good of all involved, and realising that it is precisely the recipe for success irrespective of the the prevailing market condition that I find exciting. Match that with increased energy dependence for the whole county, power for electric vehicles [I don’t know that we’ll see battery powered Massey Ferguson’s any time soon], better air quality, ongoing income streams.
Really there is nothing that this project doesn’t deliver on other than perhaps a reduction in the quality of the skyline, but in this life we are going to have to start to make choices between what is appealing to the eye and what is appealing to the common good, and the reality is that the two are not necessarily matched, ever notice the way no community volunteers to have an incinerator located near them? And yet these same communities (indeed every community) are users of incinerators.
Having said this, the proof -for me- will be when it’s a live and operational venture, I knew there was a building boom because in the past when you looked out windows there was nothing but cranes on the skyline, so until such time as I see a wind turbine out of every window I gaze through doubt will remain that we have even gotten started on a ‘green revolution’.