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Devon to get new wind farm

Devon's largest wind farm has been given the go-ahead at Fulabrook down.

Energy minister Malcolm Wicks greenlit the project in his keynote address to the wind industry annual conference in Glasgow.

When fully operational the 22 turbine scheme will generate enough clean electricity to meet the average annual needs of 30,000 domestic consumers - equivalent to over 80% of domestic electricity consumption or some 30% of total energy electricity consumption in North Devon. It will also save almost 65,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

"This Government is matching words with action," said Wicks. "We said we needed to make tough choices if we are to achieve our clean energy objectives and that is exactly what we are doing. Fullabrook Down will make a substantial contribution to meeting Devon's renewable target of generating 151 MW of renewable electricity by 2010 and would be nearly double the North Devon District Council's target of 36MW," he added.

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