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Makeover of 20-year-old wind farm almost complete

One of the country’s oldest wind farms will start generating power from new turbines this month as a major civils project comes to an end.

Jones Bros has replaced 11 turbines at St Breock wind farm in north Cornwall with five more efficient, taller models.  

The project will more than double the amount of electricity produced at the REG Windpower wind farm near Wadebridge, which has been generating electricity for more than 20 years.

Jones Bros contracts director John Dielhof said: “Repowering wind farms maximises energy generation and gives new life to these sites. We are pleased to be at the forefront of this revolution as we see the next generation of turbines installed.

“We’ve amassed a great deal of experience in managing the complex logistics of working over large expanses in remote areas. Our engineers understand the special requirements of projects involving the construction of access roads to accommodate abnormal loads, turbine foundations, substation buildings and electrical infrastructure.”

REG Windpower community relations manager Claudia Richard said: “The repower at St Breock enables us to generate even more safe, clean renewable energy, as well as supporting local good causes with a community benefit fund for the duration of the wind farm’s working life.”

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  • I seem to remember someone saying that the payback period for a wind farm when the subsidies are ignored is twenty five years - is this correct ?

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