Resilient Energy Forest of Dean Renewables (REFD) is a Community Benefit Society that owns and operates two 500kW wind turbines near Alvington, Forest of Dean. It directs a share of operational turnover and any surpluses towards local community resilience initiatives, including fuel poverty.
REFD is one of several projects founded and managed by The Resilience Centre (TRC), a Forest of Dean based social-purpose business that helps to build resilience into society in response to climate change and diminishing resources.
In March 2019, REFD acquired Resilient Energy Great Dunkilns (REGD), the UK’s first crowd-funded wind turbine. This renewable energy project developed a 500kW wind turbine near St Briavels, Forest of Dean, in late 2012 and gave individuals the opportunity to invest in the project.