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£1.5M wind turbine plan for village  

A new wind turbine is planned for South East Cornwall.Energy company bosses hope to install the single 1.3MW turbine near the village of Pensilva.

Those behind the scheme said that, based on the average wind speed at the site, the annual power output would be equivalent to the electricity consumption of about 900 homes.

The proposed turbine would be about 50m high, with 30m blades and it cost an estimated £1.5 million.

Energy chiefs estimate that the power generated by the single turbine at Pensilva, near Liskeard, could prevent the emission of between 2,500 and 3,400 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year into the atmosphere.

By 2010 the county needs to generate up to 108 megawatts of electricity from renewable sources, the target adopted by Cornwall to help the UK meet its international obligations on climate change.

Cornwall currently produces 52MW from renewables, 75 per cent of which comes from wind power.

Neil Harris, chief executive of Cornwall Light & Power, the company behind the plans, said residents feelings would be taken into account through a public consultation process.

He said: “The result of our discussions with local residents, local councillors and planning officers will be assessed in detail and with care to ensure that as many views as possible are made known before we complete this proposal and submit it to Caradon District Council.”

Cornwall Light & Power Company Limited is a UK company which was set up to build, own, and operate renewable energy plants in the UK, typically wind farms.

The firm was created more than ten years ago to create and operate one of the first windfarms in the country at Goonhilly, on the Lizard Peninsula.

The public consultation process for the Pensilva project was launched last Thursday.

A display of the proposed site was unveiled at Millennium House in the village for members of the public to scrutinise.

The company was due to stage a second display today from 1pm, with a project presentation from managers from 6.30pm with a question and answer session at the end.

A company spokesman said: “Quite a few people came to the first meeting during which there were some very mixed views expressed.

“We decided that in the interests of fairness we would have a second bigger meeting and try to get the whole village along.”

The Pensilva project is one of around 30 different operations Cornwall Light & Power are currently involved in up and down the country.

thisiscornwall.co.uk

18 May 2007

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