Plans for new wind turbines in Avonmouth
FOUR giant wind turbines which will be visible from miles away and will create enough electricity for 4,500 homes are to be built in Avonmouth.
The scheme has been put together by Bristol based green energy firm Triodos Renewables and the turbines will be built at Wessex Water’s sewage works.
Building works on the four 126 metre tall turbines is due start at the end of this year and is likely to be completed within the next 12 months.
Triodos Renewables is an off-shoot of the ethical bank Triodos which has its national headquarters in Bristol.
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The electricity generated by the four turbines will be sold to the national grid under the Power Purchase Agreement and the project is also being backed by Ofgem.
Matthew Clayton, the managing director of Triodos Renewables, has been instrumental in setting up the deal.
He said: “We are delighted to have secured this deal with Wessex Water and to be building on their commitment to renewable energy.
“The shared sustainable ethos of Wessex Water has made our collaboration on this project a very positive experience.
“Developing another wind farm on a brownfield site fits well with our commitment for sensitively siting renewable energy projects. We are also pleased to be able to make our work visible to our shareholders, particularly those who are investing in our current share issue. Ten percent of our 5,000 shareholders live within 60 miles of the Avonmouth project which will be visible from the M5.”
GENeco, the firm set up by Wessex Water to look at ways of increasing renewable energy, is part of the deal which will lead to the turbines being built.
GENeco has made major improvements to treatment processes at Bristol sewage treatment works, to increase renewable power through anaerobic digestion and made the site self-sufficient in terms of creating energy.
Four years ago the firm developed plans to build wind turbines at the site. However, in recent years the company was able to further increase renewable energy generation to the extent that surplus power is now fed in to the national grid.
The opening of a food waste plant at the site this autumn will allow supermarkets, councils and food manufacturers to recycle waste providing additional renewable energy.
Mohammed Saddiq, the boss of the firm, said the company was pleased to see that even more renewable energy would be generated at the Avonmouth .
He said: “Triodos is well positioned to take the project forward and the company has similar sustainability goals to us. A substantial amount of renewable energy can be generated from the wind turbines which are amongst the most economic renewable energy resource available in the UK.”
The wind farm is the ninth in Triodos Renewables’ portfolio, which also includes Ness Point and Eye in Suffolk and Dunfermline in Fife, all located on brownfield sites.