Huhne reopens UK's first commercial wind farm

Energy secretary Chris Huhne has reopened a wind farm capable of offering green power to around 7,000 homes.

Mr Huhne today (February 22) opened the refurbished Good Energy site in north Cornwall.

Good Energy has invested £11.8 million into redeveloping the Delabole wind farm - taking the UK's first commercial wind farm into the second generation of onshore wind.

Good Energy to announce local community fund; and plans for community investment schemes that will enable local residents to benefit from future wind farms developed by Good Energy.

The new turbines will have a total combined capacity of 9.2MW, enough to supply around 7,000 homes - more than double the previous output.

Reopening the site Mr Huhne said: "Delabole was the first commercial wind farm in the UK and, in its new form, it remains at the forefront of best practice.

"On top of generating enough green electricity for 7,000 homes, a community fund will be making a direct contribution to projects in the local area.

"All too often, local communities can see the windfarms but not the windfall. ‪ ‪Wind is an abundant, clean, home-grown alternative to fossil fuels.

"It can't be blown off course by instability abroad, and so it's vital that we use it for our low carbon, energy security."

Luke Walsh


wind energy | zero-carbon | energy manager


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