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New wind turbine will power over 1,000 homes in Cornwall

New wind turbine will power over 1,000 homes in Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:00am 25th January 2020.

Work has started on a new wind turbine that will supply green energy to 1,100 homes in Cornwall.

Officials say the Duchy's first smart grid-connected wind turbine will also help cut carbon emissions.

The 2.3 megawatt (MW) turbine will be sited on Cornwall Council land at Ventonteague, near Carland Cross, on the A30, and is the first to be built in Cornwall since 2016.

It will generate enough renewable electricity to reduce Cornwall's greenhouse gas emissions by more than 2,800 tonnes a year over the next two decades.

The smart grid-connected turbine will help Cornwall better manage its energy supply and power the equivalent of around 1,180 Cornish homes, representing a significant contribution towards the Council's climate emergency agenda.

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"The 2.3MW of renewable energy to be generated from this new wind turbine will not only supply energy to the equivalent of more than 1,100 Cornish homes but also count towards Cornwall's ambitious plans to be carbon neutral by 2030.

"In addition it will be a testbed for our smart-grid concept and demonstrates how our Local Energy Market can make the best use of all renewable energies in Cornwall and help businesses as well.

"This initiative on Cornwall Council-owned land is part of a suite of initiatives including investment into the United Downs and Eden Project geothermal power projects."

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall's Cabinet Member for climate change and neighbourhoods

Transforming the energy sector is an essential part of Cornwall Council's response to tackling the climate emergency as Cornwall now generates around 37% of electricity from renewables, up from around 6% in 2009.

Award-winning initiatives such as the Green Cornwall programme have driven forward major changes promoting community and Council-owned renewable energy projects and developing potential new forms of power in technologies such as deep geothermal.

The new wind turbine is part of an EU-funded trial and forms part of the innovative Cornwall Local Energy Market (LEM) which aims to help increase the amount of renewable energy that can be deployed by managing the electricity network more efficiently.

The site is less than half a mile from the existing 20MW Carland Cross wind farm.

Cornwall Council will own and operate the turbine. Construction work is currently underway with the turbine expected to be operational this summer.

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