Colin Palmer

Chairman
Colin Palmer - chair of Wight Community Energy

Colin lives a few stone’s throws away from the Homestead solar park in Shalfleet. He has been active in renewable energy since the late 70s, working first on wave energy with Gifford and Partners near Southampton. In 1988 he founded Windcluster Ltd, a wind energy company that financed and built one of the first wind farms in the UK. Windcluster continues to own and operate the wind farm in Cumbria and as Managing Director, Colin has direct experience of renewable energy project management. He has also been a director of the British Wind Energy Association and ReGen Southwest as well as a trustee of the Centre for Sustainable Energy in Bristol. As well as his position as Chairman of WCE, he is actively involved in supporting small clean tech companies such as Shamba Technologies and For Stoves. His engineer’s mind has also taken him in new directions, and he has recently completed a PhD in the study of the flight of pterosaurs.