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Wind mast scheme is a green ‘trailblazer’

Future vision: An artists impression of what the turbines near Preston Docks would look like. A test mast will be put up first

Future vision: An artists impression of what the turbines near Preston Docks would look like. A test mast will be put up first

A project which could eventually see three wind turbines overlooking Preston Docks has been described as a ‘trailblazer.’

Preston Council says more than 100 companies from across the UK and Europe are taking a ‘keen interest’ in Powering Preston - which could result in three turbines creating 21,000 megawatt hours of energy.

A planning application to erect a test mast on land at Wall End Road has been passed and the authority is now looking for companies to provide technical and consultancy support.

Coun Robert Boswell, cabinet member for environment and sustainability, said: “This is a truly exciting and innovative project.

“We have been inundated with inquiries from construction and other companies from right across Europe. Many other councils have also been in touch about our project.

“Preston is seen as a green energy pioneer and trailblazer that others can follow.”

The test mast is set to be put up by March next year.

Wind speed measurements will then be taken to see if the site is windy enough. Things like impacts on wildlife and air traffic control will also be explored.

Coun Boswell added: “We are looking at late 2013 or early 2014 before we have all the necessary wind data and other work completed.

“If the wind speeds are good and strong enough, and the impact of the project has been properly assessed then we will press ahead and submit a full planning application.”

The scheme has been described as a “civic wind energy” project, which produces green energy . Income is re-invested in Preston’s economy.

Coun Boswell said: “Our aim is to produce more renewable energy, cut emissions and improve our environment.

 

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