Wind farm company announces new community benefits

A silhouette of a Fullabrook turbine looking out towards the Bristol Channel. A silhouette of a Fullabrook turbine looking out towards the Bristol Channel.

Friday, December 20, 2013
12:09 PM

Company behind plans for three turbines at Alverdiscott has confirmed it will give £5,000 a year per megawatt to local community.

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THE company behind plans for a three-turbine wind farm in Alverdiscott has announced an improved community benefit package.

Proposals for the 91m turbines and substation were submitted to Torridge District Council in March by West Coast Energy and are pending a decision.

Initially the company proposed to give the community 10 per cent of the operational profits from the wind farm, but has now committed to give £5,000 a year per megawatt for the operational life of the wind farm.

This could mean at the local community will receive at least £13,500 a year.

Stephen Salt, planning and public affairs director for West Coast Energy, said: “We are going to guarantee this amount of benefit each year until the 10 per cent profit figure exceeds the guaranteed annual payment.”

In May, West Coast Energy signed a partnership agreement with National Energy Action to help combat fuel poverty.

Mr Salt added: “It is proposed that for the first five years of the operation of the wind farm, 50 per cent of the community fund will be utilised to assist in the alleviation of fuel poverty in the local and wider area around the wind farm.”

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