The government has approved a plan to site one of the largest offshore windfarms in the UK off the Cumbrian coast at Duddon Sands (Walney Island). The developers Morecambe Wind say the turbines will power 372,000 homes.
Energy Secretary John Hutton has also approved updated plans for a separate 30 turbine windfarm near the island. He said: “These windfarms demonstrate our commitment to dramatically increase the amount of energy we generate from renewable sources, helping to cut the UK’s carbon emissions and secure our energy supplies.”.
Source: BBC News
Construction has begun on the 26 turbine wind farm at Walland Marsh on the Kent/East Sussex coastal borders. The wind farm is being built by Npower Renewables.
Permission for the £60m wind farm was given by the government in 2005 following a public inquiry. The proposal had met widespread opposition from residents and councils in Kent and East Sussex, and will create a very imposing presence on the flat marshland of the area.
After an initial holdup, the first turbine was complete and a second one underway as at 21st June. UPDATE: 6th July – 5 turbines now complete (see image).
The BBC News website quotes spokesman Simon Holt as saying:
“We should expect to see two turbines go up every week and we should be finished by the end of September. When the turbine components arrive on site it is a relatively straightforward operation to put them all together.”
UPDATE: 23th August – 12 turbines in place.
UPDATE: 21st September – 24 turbines in place, see new image below.
UPDATE: 29th September – All 26 turbines in place.