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Windfarm to be upgraded  

One of the UK’s oldest windfarms could be set for an overhaul under new proposals being revealed by ScottishPower Renewables.

Located alongside the A30 at Carland Cross the windfarm was constructed in 1992, with its 15 turbines capable of generating an installed capacity of 6MW. New proposals could see its contribution to the UK’s renewable energy target more than triple.

The Government has set a target of ten percent of electricity supply being produced by renewable energy resources by 2010.

New wind turbine technology could enable the windfarm to produce over 20MW of energy, enough clean green electricity for over 11,000 homes.

A scoping report is currently being distributed to stakeholders giving more detail on the proposal and describing the methodology and benefits of improving the output of the existing windfarm.

Keith Anderson, ScottishPower Renewables said: “Windfarm technology has moved on considerably since Carland Cross became operational 15 years ago and we feel it is time to upgrade the existing windfarm and utilise the existing framework to increase its contribution to the government’s renewables target.”

This is The West Country

19 February 2008

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