17 Jan 13

Plans submitted for Devon wind farm


A renewable energy supplier has submitted a planning application to develop a new wind farm on land near Chapmans Well in Devon.


EDF Energy Renewables has submitted a planning application to Torridge District Council for a six-turbine wind farm at Hollow Panson – a site that comprises a mixture of agricultural land and woodland.


The application has been submitted following thorough onsite surveys and a full public consultation with local residents and stakeholders.


As a result of investigative work and community feedback, EDF Energy Renewables has reduced the size of the proposed wind farm from seven to six turbines and the overall height of the turbines has been reduced by 11.5m to 115m.


The proposed wind farm would be capable of producing up to 12MW* of clean energy - enough to supply the annual domestic electricity requirements of approximately 6,500 homes and save approximately 12,000 tonnes** of carbon dioxide emissions annually.


Tim Wheeler, Development Manager Onshore Wind at EDF Energy Renewables, said “Following consultation with local residents and the completion of detailed environmental studies, we recently submitted our planning application to Torridge District Council.


“EDF Energy Renewables is committed to developing new low carbon electricity generating capacity to maintain energy supply, tackle climate change, and maintain affordable energy prices. We believe that the site identified at Hollow Panson is an excellent opportunity to establish a wind farm that can contribute towards this.


“The communities nearest the site have already taken a lot of interest and we will continue to do our best to help them understand our proposals and talk through issues raised. We are happy to discuss the best ways we can do this with Torridge District Council and the local parishes.”


Should the wind farm be built, EDF Energy Renewables would establish a community fund for the benefit of local community projects. The fund would be based on an agreed amount for every megawatt of installed capacity, and would continue throughout the lifetime of the wind farm.


As part of the commitment to working towards Government targets for increased electricity generation from renewable sources, EDF Energy Renewables already has over 500MW of onshore and offshore wind farm projects in operation or construction across the country.


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*Based on average annual household electricity consumption of 4,700 KWh and an assumed wind farm capacity factor of 28%


**Carbon emission figures assume that wind is displacing combined-cycle gas turbines, for an average displacement of 430g per KWh-hour.


For further information please contact: Ian Watson or Jo Baron on 0191 233 1300



Notes to editors:


EDF Energy Renewables



EDF Energy Renewables is a 50:50 Joint Venture between EDF Energy and EDF Energies Nouvelles. It combines its parent companies’ renewable energy development skills, expertise, and resources in one place to spearhead EDF Group’s renewables development activities in the UK.


EDF Energy Renewables formalises a well established history of cooperation between the two sister EDF Group companies and creates a vehicle for the development, acquisition and operation of renewable energy assets, both on and offshore, in the UK.