Work on building an 80-foot wind test mast on Prestonâ€™s dock estate could get underway in a matter of days after plans cleared a final hurdle.
The cityâ€™s planning committee gave the go-ahead yesterday for the mast to guage the wind strength near the Ribble Estuary ahead of a possible ÂŁ50m turbine project.
The project had already been given the green light last year, but had to go back before councillors after alterations to the mastâ€™s design and an extension of the test period from one year to two. The original plan had been for a lattice design mast, but that has now been upgraded to a solid pole secured by guy wires.
The experiment will assess whether the winds are strong enough and frequent enough to sustain three turbines, each up to 120-metres tall, to generate electricity. â€śThe mast wonâ€™t be generating energy – it will be measuring the wind to see if itâ€™s worth pursuing,â€ť said Coun Robert Boswell.
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