Duncan joined the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne MP, to open Delabole wind farm in North Cornwall. The wind farm is owned and operated 100% by Chippenham-based renewable electricity supplier Good Energy which has invested £11.8 million to repower it.
Duncan joined the Secretary of State, Good Energy and local residents to celebrate the replacement of 10 turbines with four more powerful ones. The new turbines will have a total combined capacity of 9.2MW, enough to supply around 7,000 homes – more than double the previous output.
At the ceremony, Good Energy announced the launch of the Good Energy community fund of £9000-a-year, to fund projects that benefit the Delabole community. Decisions on allocation will be made by a committee of Delabole residents.
“I am delighted to join Chippenham’s Good Energy for the repowering of their flagship windfarm.
“I am proud to have this leading renewable energy company headquartered in Chippenham and hope they will continue to go from strength to strength.”
Secretary of State Chris Huhne said:
“Delabole was the first commercial wind farm in the UK and, in its new form, it remains at the forefront of best practice. On top of generating enough green electricity for 7,000 homes, a community fund will be making a direct contribution to projects in the local area.
“All too often, local communities can see the windfarms but not the windfall. Wind is an abundant, clean, home-grown alternative to fossil fuels. It can’t be blown off course by instability abroad, and so it’s vital that we use it for our low carbon, energy security.
“The Coalition is squarely behind the renewables sector. We’ll all benefit in the long run from more projects like Delabole, and moves to help local people feel more immediate benefits of hosting a windfarm are crucial.”
Delabole wind farm is the first in the pipeline of new renewable energy development projects that Good Energy is embarking on across the UK, which will include community investment schemes that will enable local residents to benefit from wind farms developed by Good Energy.
Juliet Davenport, CEO of Good Energy said:
“We’re enormously proud of our investment in Delabole and are delighted to welcome Chris Huhne to officially open the new site.
“Delabole wind farm now accounts for 20% of the total 100% renewable electricity supplied by Good Energy, and is the first in a pipeline of new wind energy projects we’re working on.
“We’d also like to thank the Delabole community for their help and support throughout the repowering process. It’s wonderful to be able to celebrate its completion together.”