People become members of co-operatives for a number of reasons and the same will be true for the Spirit of Lanarkshire Wind Energy Co-operative. The co-op can only succeed with the commitment of its members.
All members of the co-op are eligible to become a member of the co-op board of Directors. So there will be an opportunity for some to serve their fellow members by sitting on the board.
Many people are concerned about the effect that catastrophic climate change caused by mankind’s activities will have on us all – as individuals, as communities, and as a country. We also face the prospect of dwindling fossil fuel reserves which is already leading to increasing prices, shortages and a lack of energy security. In response to these enormous challenges many people try to recycle more, or to reduce energy usage. However few take the step of installing renewable energy devices on their own properties, often because it may be impractical, and is usually costly.
A community co-operative, like the Spirit of Lanarkshire, presents a genuine opportunity for people and organisations to make a real tangible contribution to tackling these problems by getting involved in a renewable energy generation project. Larger scale renewable energy projects (especially wind turbines) tend to be many times more efficient than small domestic ones.
By getting involved in the co-op, you are co-operating together with others to support the growth of efficient renewable energy generation in Scotland and to create a focus for local environmental activity.