BT to hold exhibition on Ilfracombe wind farm

BT has announced details of a public exhibition about its proposals for three wind turbines at Great Shelfin Farm, near Ilfracombe Experts from the BT Wind for Change project will be available to discuss the plans at West Down Parish Hall on Friday, Octob

BT has announced details of a public exhibition about its proposals for three wind turbines at Great Shelfin Farm, near Ilfracombe

Experts from the BT Wind for Change project will be available to discuss the plans at West Down Parish Hall on Friday, October 9 from 12 noon until 7pm and on Saturday, October 10 from 10am until 1pm.

The exhibition is the latest stage in a major consultation programme being undertaken by BT with the local community and a wide variety of organisations.

Tom Martin, head of partnership development for BT's wind farms project, said: "This exhibition is an important part of BT liaising with the local community to ensure the project is in keeping with the company's strong reputation as an environmentally and socially responsible company.


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"Even at this early stage of the proposals, all local parish councils and councillors, other local organisations and community representatives have been invited to meet with us; and consultations are taking place with statutory bodies, such as Devon County Council, Natural England and English Heritage.

"We have also spoken directly to some neighbouring residents at their properties and are in discussion with Ilfracombe and District Tourism Association about a tourism survey carried out as part of our environmental impact assessment of the project.

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"BT is one of the UK's largest consumers of electricity and we are committed to reducing our carbon emissions and securing our future green power supplies. Since 1996 we have reduced our UK carbon footprint by 58 per cent and aim to achieve 80 per cent by 2016.

"Our intention is for wind power to generate 250 megawatt hours of green energy per year, which would provide around a quarter of our current electricity needs."

If given the go-ahead, the three Ilfracombe turbines will cleanly and efficiently generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of about 5,000 typical households - and contribute 4.6 per cent to Devon's on-shore renewable energy target for next year.

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