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    • CommentAuthorJeff B
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd 2021
     
    The first cooperative wind turbine has been given the go-ahead and will be installed at Graig-Fatha near Coedely in the Rhondda. (https://rippleenergy.com/graig-fatha). This looks like an interesting scheme - invest a lump sum (minimum £25) and get a discount on your electricity bill in proportion to the amount invested.

    I used their calculator and if I invest about £2300 I should save about £157 p.a. on my electricity bill for the 25 years of the expected life of the turbine. Would be good if I had £2300 to spare of course! (Please note I have no connection with Ripple Energy nor any good at giving financial advice!).

    Has anyone else had a look at this scheme and what do you make of it?
    • CommentAuthorCWatters
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd 2021
     
    The down side being it locks you into one energy supplier whose rates might not be competitive or even exist for 25 years.
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd 2021 edited
     
    Posted By: CWattersThe down side being it locks you into one energy supplier whose rates might not be competitive or even exist for 25 years.

    And what happens to your share holding if you die within 25 years? etc etc So many possible difficulties.

    It doesn't lock you in for 25 years incidentally. It does for the first year but after that they expect to add other suppliers as well. You can also [try to] sell your shares in the project any time after two years. But Co-op/Octopus have reasonable reputations.

    Anyway, enough of this shilly-shallying I say. I just paid them a bunch of money to join up :devil: :cool:

    We'll see how the reality matches the blurb ...
    • CommentAuthorphiledge
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd 2021
     
    I think theres plenty of community wind turbine schemes out there. I put some cash into Grannell Community Energy a couple of years ago and I think their share offer mentioned over 100 other schemes. The GCE turbine was installed late 2019, ran for a few months and then went pop during lockdown. The generator is being rewound at the moment so out of service for around a year!!
    The GCE scheme pays annual interest together with capital repayment so obviously different to the Ripple scheme that repays with discounted leccy.
    • CommentAuthorJeff B
    • CommentTimeMar 24th 2021
     
    Posted By: djh
    Posted By: CWattersThe down side being it locks you into one energy supplier whose rates might not be competitive or even exist for 25 years.

    And what happens to your share holding if you die within 25 years? etc etc So many possible difficulties.

    It doesn't lock you in for 25 years incidentally. It does for the first year but after that they expect to add other suppliers as well. You can also [try to] sell your shares in the project any time after two years. But Co-op/Octopus have reasonable reputations.

    Anyway, enough of this shilly-shallying I say. I just paid them a bunch of money to join uphttp:///newforum/extensions/Vanillacons/smilies/standard/devil.gif" alt=":devil:" title=":devil:" >http:///newforum/extensions/Vanillacons/smilies/standard/cool.gif" alt=":cool:" title=":cool:" >

    We'll see how the reality matches the blurb ...



    If you die your shares can be inherited by someone else. There is a section in the customer dashboard for you to enter the details of the person you would like your shares to be transferred to.
    • CommentAuthorjms452
    • CommentTimeMar 24th 2021
     
    There's a number of IFISA products out there that fund small renewable energy schemes and give 2-7% tax free income for 1-5 years.

    I've used both Ethex and Energise Africa (higher rates & maybe higher risks) and they both seem legit.

    Ethex have a 2% + inflation bond at the moment putting solar on uk schools.

    Personal experience - not financial advice!
    • CommentAuthormalakoffee
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd 2021 edited
     
    I recently joined the Ripple Scheme.

    A wanted to put some money into renewables, but realised my own energy usage is so low that I'm having difficulty justifying the embodied carbon in new kit ( PV and/or Air-source Heat Pump ).

    At age 60+ there's a good chance that I not get 20 years out of it.

    Tied to Octopus : CoopEnergy : another few billing Companies . . . . .

    SInce signing-up I've noticed that Octopus uses REGOs to claim "100% Green Electricity" . . . a slightly bitter pill now that I'm wedded to them.

    All-in-all - happy enough to be in the scheme & happy to walk away if I need to.
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    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/apr/02/green-energy-tariff-renewable-deals

    " some of the biggest energy suppliers in the market for offering renewable energy deals backed by certificates [REGOs] that appear to prove the origin of clean energy, but may only be green on paper.....

    "the first comparison site to set standards for green tariffs – gold, silver or bronze – depending on whether the supplier generates its own renewable electricity or how it sources its electricity, to help separate the true green from “pale green” tariffs.

    "gold standard deal.... are all from Good Energy, which sources clean electricity directly from 1,600 renewable energy projects across the UK, and runs its own solar and windfarms too.

    "Juliet Davenport, the founder and chief executive of Good Energy, is a vocal critic of so-called “greenwash” tariffs that claim to offer clean electricity on paper but do little to support renewable energy projects"
  2.  
    I started this morning by checking if there was a cooling-off period ( and if I was within it ). . . . I was !

    However, the latest Ripple webinar contained some important info . . . . .

    Via your Ripple dashboard : "Graig Fatha is GO!" : 26th March 2021

    1) They are planning to expand the range of associated Retail Billing Companies, so that one has more choice to transfer ( whilst retaining the Ripple bill savings ).

    2) Various changes to the economic parameters.

    Thus, I remain in the project.

    Blatant tarting - joining link (below) : . . £25 for both :devil:
    https://rippleenergy.com?ogu=1125
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