First wind turbines approved for former landfill site

A former landfill is to be fitted with wind turbines as a waste firm uses its first site to generate power.

Waste Recycling Group (WRG) said today (April 11) it had been given the go-ahead to site two wind turbines at its closed Carnaby site, near Bridlington in the east of Yorkshire.

The turbines, each capable of generating up to 3MW of renewable electricity, could create power for more than 2,500 homes according to WRG.

WRG's development director, Andy Ryan, said: "WRG has extensive experience in recovering renewable energy from a range of waste treatment technologies, and we look forward to applying that expertise to wind energy development, with the help of our colleagues at FCC.

"We are committed to helping the UK meet its renewable energy targets and reduce carbon emissions, and we look forward to building on our contribution to this via the use of wind energy, approval to place two turbines at Carnaby marks a crucial step in the right direction."

Spanish firm FCC Energía, which owns WRG, already has a strong interest in renewable energy operates 14 wind farms in Spain with 420 MW of installed capacity.

WRG announced plans to follow its parent company's led and go into the wind generation sector last year.

This is the first time the business has been given planning permission for turbines, it also has a further six sites in various stages of planning.

Construction on the Carnaby site is due to start early in 2012, and the site should become operational later in the summer of that year.

Luke Walsh


wind energy


Energy efficiency & low-carbon
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