Investment in wind power

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About 10% of the energy currently used by us comes from renewable energy sources and we operate some 60 renewable energy installations - a mixture of hydro electric power, wind, solar and biogas schemes.

We plan to continue to invest in renewable energy and have set ambitious target to source 20% of our energy from renewables by 2020. Our renewable strategy includes increasing our wind power portfolio.

We have reviewed 22 of our operational sites where single small wind turbines could help to reduce overall energy costs.

Of these, nine were discounted for technical reasons, such as poor wind resource, and 11 others due to environmental constraints, such as potential effects on the landscape, ecology and archaeology.

Two sites only, both in Cornwall, were found where a wind turbine would help to meet operational energy demand, be environmentally acceptable and cost effective.

We are therefore seeking planning permission to develop a single small wind turbine at Newquay Sewage Treatment Works and another at Stithians Water Treatment Works to meet the sites' operational needs. These developments will help South West Water to reduce its operational costs and ensure that customers' bills are kept as low as possible.

Read more about our proposals:

The single 225kW wind turbine at Stithians Water Treatment Works is proposed to be sited at land west of Little Lansenmeth, Tretheague, Stithians. It will be have a maximum hub height of 40 metres with a maximum blade tip height of 58 metres.

A planning application was submitted to Cornwall Council on 18 October 2017 under reference PA17/08984. The Local Planning Authority is required to make decisions within thirteen weeks of this date.

If you would like to comment on the planning application, you can do so online at http://planning.cornwall.gov.uk/online-applications/, by email at planning@cornwall.gov.uk, or by letter to the local planning office.  Comments should be made within 21 days.  Although comments can be accepted after this time, they may not be considered when a decision is made.  Please note that confidential or anonymous comments will not be considered and any comments made online or in writing will be published on the Council’s website (this will include your name and address).

The single 225kW wind turbine at Newquay Sewage Treatment Works is proposed to be sited at land north west of Tregair Farm, Tregair, St Newlyn East. It will be have a maximum hub height of 40 metres with a maximum blade tip height of 58 metres.

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Meanwhile, we are interested in your views on the Stithians planning application.  If you would like to comment on it, on the proposed Newquay wind turbine, or on our wind strategy in general, simply fill out the form below (all fields must be completed).

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