The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) is taking forward a proposal for harnessing wind power by investigating the construction of large scale wind turbines on prison land.
Twenty prison sites have been so far identified for feasibility studies which will be carried out by the Carbon Trust. The studies will establish the suitability of each site for the development of a wind turbine, an outline design of the infrastructure and equipment likely to be needed, an estimate of the energy likely to be generated along with the likely costs and revenues.
These studies will be carried out within the next twelve months. If any of these sites prove suitable, the next step is for NOMS to enter into a partnership with an operator to whom it will lease an area of land. The operator will provide finance and construct, maintain and operate the turbine.
Each turbine will be capable of generating enough to supply 400 to 500 homes, and will be 60 to 80 metres high. The Prison Service will have the option to buy the electricity generated with any surplus going to the national grid.
14 August 2007
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