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Cornwall water treatment works wind turbine to go ahead

Planning permission has been granted for a single wind turbine at Crowdy water treatment site, North Cornwall.

Once operational, the turbine will be capable of generating almost half of the site’s power needs.

South West Water renewable energy manager David Harpur said: “We have reviewed all of our sites to see which would be most suitable for small-scale wind turbines.

“Crowdy was chosen because it gets plenty of wind, uses a lot of electricity and has plenty of space to site a turbine. We have also been able to satisfy the council and their many consultees that their strict environmental criteria will be met.

“South West Water already operates hydro-electric and biogas plants and planning permission for this new wind turbine will help in our goal to further develop the company’s renewable energy capability.”

The wind turbine will cost in the region of £350,000, funded by South West Water.

The financial return generated from the feed-in tariff for the electricity it produces and savings from the reduction in electricity purchased from the national grid will mean the turbine will ‘pay back’ in as little as five years. The turbine will have a lifetime of over 20 years.

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