Having read in the papers that Good Energy plan to repower the Delabole wind farm by removing the existing 10 30-metre-high turbines and replacing them with four new ones at 110 metres high, I could not wait to read all about it on their website.
Apparently the existing turbines have a capacity factor of 29 per cent, which means that in a year the turbines produce 29 per cent of what could be their maximum output.This is good news, as it is much better than the so-called official figures – and, amazingly, it means that they are not only the most efficient in Cornwall but also most of the UK.
Further reading turned up some more interesting facts about this new type of turbine – according to the website “very little of the turbines will be visible”. Now I thought that technology had come on in leaps and bounds, but this was better than anything I had read about so far.
Now the doubters may be rocking back and forth beside their wood burners, but the proof is also on the website for all to see (or not) because a true picture of the existing turbines and the proposed turbines are shown and the new turbines are truly invisible. But remarkable as this may seem, so are the existing ones – which means that invisible turbines are not new, but have been in Cornwall for years.
There is only one thing that worries me, and that is: What is the wind farm I can see from Camelford and Davidstow moor? Are we secretly doing more to save the planet that we like to admit?
Miss V McCoy
20 May 2008
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