Executives from a major renewable energy company have unveiled their vision for a wind farm to locals in a picturesque Lancashire village.
Residents made their feelings known to Germany-based RWE Npower Renewables at a Meet the Developer day in St Michael’s near Garstang at the weekend.
It was the first time the company had met the locals since they were given council permission to build a giant wind gauge to test if the area is suitable for turbines.
The anemometer mast, which went up just over a week ago, will monitor wind speeds, direction and turbulence for the next three years to assess if the planned Cuckoo Wood Farm will be viable for electricity production.
“The installation of the anemometer mast is an important step in the development of our proposed wind farm,” said Alice Byrne of RWE.
“The mast will provide us with valuable wind data which, together with our environmental studies, will help determine the site’s suitability for a wind farm.
“Should the results of our studies continue to be positive, the data will also help inform the design of the proposed scheme.
“As a responsible developer, we are keen to build a relationship with the local community and to consult them throughout the development of our plans.”
So far, RWE has not submitted any plans to Wyre Council for the wind farm.
However, the company claims the wind farm project “could make an important contribution towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions and tackling climate change.”