Two new schemes that will provide renewable energy for over 100,000 homes were given the green light today, with the promise of £20 million of government support.
Brian Wilson, Minister for Energy, announced the funding would be equally split between offshore wind farms near the coast of North Wales, operated by National Windpower, and Norfolk, operated by Powergen.
The development by National Windpower will result in 30 wind turbines with a total capacity of up to 90 MW, providing electricity for 50,000 homes. The Powergen project off Norfolk will consist of 39 turbines with a total capacity of up to 80 MW, providing electricity for a further 50,000 homes.
‘There has never been production of renewables technologies on a such a scale on British soil before,’ said Mr Wilson. ‘The greatest benefit from developing our sustainable technologies is the possibility of a UK green manufacturing base. The renewables revolution is not just about energy and the environment. It is about jobs in manufacturing, as Kintyre is now witnessing.
‘On the National Wind power project alone, the orders placed with UK companies will be over eighty five per cent of the project value. This will create 140 jobs during the construction phase. Vestas in Campbeltown; Scotland, Mayflower in Middlesborough and Seacore in Cornwall will take lead contracts in this projects.’
Mr Wilson also today launched new guidance to developers on where to locate their wind farms to avoid interfering with military and civil aviation operations.
The document provides a clear source of information for wind farm developers on the potential impact of wind farms on both civil and military aviation. This includes military low flying and the effect of wind turbines on radar functioning.
The wind energy and aviation interests interim guidelines are available online at: www.dti.gov.uk/renewewable/pfd.htm#wind.