Turbine firms answer the critics

WINDFARM applicants have answered the critics to speak in support of their projects.

Infinis Project Developer Tim Mockridge said: “Over the past few years we have worked closely with the local communities and statutory consultees to develop an appropriate windfarm on an excellent site and are very pleased that Northumberland County Council’s planning officers have recommended approval of the project.”

At a meeting of the project’s Community Liaison Group, Infinis agreed to contribute £2,300 per megawatt of installed generation, amounting to at least £18,400 a year, to local initiatives if the Widdrington application is granted, as well as a one-off contribution of £50,000 for landscaping schemes.

Peel Energy Development Manager Patrick Keogh said: “We have been working on our proposals for some considerable time, listening to the local community and taking into account other proposed developments in our final plans.

“We believe the windfarm will act as a catalyst for the wider Blue Sky Forest scheme and a substantial contributor to the development’s renewable energy provision.”

Energiekontor Project Manager Sam Dewar, speaking for the Fenrother application, said: “The proposed met mast would be used to collect baseline data that would contribute to the assessment of the location as a site for wind energy development. The anemometer equipment would gather a range of meteorological data during an approved period of time to provide a detailed understanding of the area’s wind characteristics.

“We seek only a temporary permission for a period of three years when the mast would then be removed.”