Fullabrook turbines ‘not operational’ yet

Now able to generate to full capacity — but some weeks before testing finished, says developer.

THE wind farm at Fullabrook will not be considered fully operational until final testing has been carried out, developer ESB has said.

At a meeting on Thursday it was agreed with North Devon Council to set up 12 noise monitoring locations around the site, beyond the original five required by planning conditions.

Work is scheduled to be carried out today (Tuesday) by Western Power Distribution to remove a “cap” that would enable the 22 turbine farm to generate up to its full 66MW capacity.

Noise monitoring is scheduled to start in the week of February 20 and the council’s environment health will contact residents to inform them of the sites that have been selected and will seek permission from those whose land is chosen.

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An ESB spokesperson told the Gazette: “The full completion date depends on when the testing starts, how long it takes and if the noise levels are proven to be within the agreed limits - that is likely to be some weeks yet.”

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