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New wind farm plan  

A renewable energy company has announced proposals for a wind farm of up to 11 turbines near Knowstone, South Molton.

Airtricity will submit a planning application to North Devon District Council for the 105-metre tall generators on a site between the B3227 and A361, at Paul’s, Wester Bullaford and Luckett Moors.

The application will be the area’s third large-scale wind energy proposal submitted to the council since November last year. Plans for a nine 103-metre wind turbines at nearby Batsworthy Cross were submitted by npower renewables in November. In December, Cross Moor Devon Light & Power Ltd filed plans for two 100-metre generators at neighbouring Cross Moor.

A district council spokesperson said both applications are still being considered.

According to Airtricity, the latest 22MW proposal – Three Moors wind farm – would produce enough electricity to power about 12,300 homes, more than a third of the households in North Devon. The company said the scheme would save the annual release of approximately 49,700 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Gerry Burke, Airtricity development manger for England and Wales, said: “We are confident the Three Moors site could play a key role in the development of renewable energy in Devon.”

He said Airtricity had undertaken a “comprehensive environmental assessment” of the site and there would be a thorough consultation process with the local community and environmental bodies.

Residents can view the proposals at a the second of two public exhibitions today (Wednesday) 2-8pm at Bishop’s Nympton Village Hall.

Should the proposal be given the go-ahead, Airtricity – which has 13 wind farms in operation throughout the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and the US – will set up a community fund of up to £22k per annum.

North Devon Gazette

5 September 2007

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