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Preston’s wind turbine plans attracts interest from European firms

Posted on - 5th December, 2012 - 8:50pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, News, Preston Council
Wind turbines could become a feature of the Docklands landscape

Wind turbines could become a feature of the Docklands landscape

A plan to put up a wind turbine in Preston’s Docklands has attracted interest from 105 companies across the UK and Europe.

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A statement released by Preston City Council showed 105 firms have asked for information about the wind mast on Wall End Road.

The plan is part of a council scheme called Powering Preston which aims to find alternative energy generation in the city.

The site could have up to three wind turbines and generate 21,000 megawatts of energy.

Any income from the scheme would be reinvested in Preston’s economy.

Councillor Robert Boswell, cabinet member for environment and sustainability, said: “This is a truly exciting and innovative project. We’ve been inundated with enquiries from construction and other companies from right across Europe. Many other councils have also been in touch about our project. Preston is very much seen as a green energy pioneer and trailblazer that other areas can follow.

“Our aim is to produce more renewable energy, cut carbon emissions and improve our environment. The key ingredient for our wind energy scheme, is that the money generated will be re-invested and ploughed back into Preston. It is a real win, win situation. Greener, cleaner energy and much needed investment for Preston.

“We’ve still got much work to do. Our first task is to put up the wind test mast on the site, which will be done by March 2013. We will then be able to measure wind speeds to find out if it is windy enough. Along with this work, we will be exploring other issues too like wildlife and the ecology of the site, as well as radar and air traffic control.

“We are looking at late 2013 or early 2014 before we have all the necessary wind data and other work completed. If the wind speeds are good and strong enough, and the impact of the project has been properly assessed then we will press ahead and submit a full planning application.

“This is an important project for Preston and we are keen to explore all the benefits it could bring to the city.”

Planning permission for the mast on Wall End Road was approved in August on council owned land close to the River Ribble.

The scheme would be one of the first in the UK if a partner firm can be found.

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