22 Feb 2011 12:02:46
Delabole wind farm opened after redevelopment
Energy and climate change secretary Chris Huhne is set to reopen Britain's first commercial wind farm following the addition of four advanced wind turbines.
Run by Good Energy, the Delabole wind farm originally opened in 1991 with ten turbines, the Press Association reported.
Now four extra turbines have been added as part of a multi-million pound project which has doubled output from the site in Cornwall to 9.2 megawatts. The new turbines stand almost 200 feet higher than the originals at 325 feet.
Mr Huhne said: "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 we use it for our low-carbon energy security."
Delabole accounts for 20 percent of the power supplied by Good Energy, chief executive Juliet Davenport said, which is enough to power 7,000 homes.
A recent report by the New Local Government Network suggested renewable energy projects could potentially provide £12 billion of cash for local councils over the next 20 years.
Last year the government removed barriers which prevented authorities from selling power they generate back to the grid.