Carsington could be harnessing the power of the wind as an application for four wind turbines has been submitted to Derbyshire Dales District Council.
Carsington Wind Energy Limited want to put four 335ft high wind turbines at Carsington to provide clean green electricity for local usage.
Carsington Wind Energy is a subsidiary company of West Coast Energy Limited and has been set up to develop the wind farm in conjunction with the landowners.
Neil Exton, land and development manager for West Coast Energy said: “The long term objective of this wind farm is to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, widely recognised as the primary cause of global warming which is considered to be the most serious problem facing the world today.”
Based upon an anticipated generation capacity of ten MW the wind farm will produce sufficient electricity each year to meet the needs of over 5,590 homes whilst displacing the emission of approximately 22,600 tonnes of carbon dioxide which would otherwise have been produced by a power station burning fossil fuel.
The Government has set a target of ten per cent of electricity being generated from renewable energy by 2010.
The wind farm could help meet Derbyshire’s regional target.
Consultations will be undertaken with the local community and to assist this process public information exhibitions are planned in February.
Local farmer, Edwin Mosley said: “The aim is for the wind farm to benefit the local economy and I hope that if planning permission is granted, local firms and individuals will be involved in the construction process.”
Story by Colleen Marples
14 February 2007
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