First Cornish smart-grid wind turbine turned on: Thanks to the switching-on of a new wind turbine connected to the grid, more than 1,400 homes in Cornwall will be powered with renewables in September.
The project is estimated to reduce Cornwall’s greenhouse gas emissions by more than 3,300 tonnes every year, the first to be built in Cornwall since 2016 and the only turbine to have been installed in the South West this year.
This turbine is claimed to be ‘the first in the UK’ to make peaks in demand smoother by making small adjustments to output to support grid stability.
Centrica has contributed £1 million in funding to the project and Cornwall Council has invested £3 million in the wind turbine and will own and operate it once constructed, while Centrica is responsible for constructing and commissioning the infrastructure that will connect the turbine to the grid.
Cornwall’s Portfolio Holder for Culture, Economy and Planning, Tim Dwelly said: “Despite challenges posed by the lockdown we have managed to keep the construction of our first smart-grid wind turbine on schedule and we look forward to it starting to supply renewable energy in excess of 1,400 Cornish homes per annum from September.”
Cornwall’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Neighbourhoods, Edwina Hannaford said: “As we work on our Covid-19 recovery we are placing the climate emergency at the heart of our plans and the 2.3MW of renewable energy to be generated at Ventonteague will count towards Cornwall’s ambitious plans to be carbon-neutral by 2030.”
Currently 37% of electricity is generated from renewables in Cornwall, up from around 6% in 2009.
First Cornish smart-grid wind turbine turned on