New wind farm due to generate power by end of year

March 28 2017

THREE wind turbines forming a new power generation site in Alveston parish are set to be linked up to the national grid by the end of the year.

THREE wind turbines forming a new power generation site in Alveston parish are set to be linked up to the national grid by the end of the year.

Green energy company Ecotricity was given consent to develop the scheme on a site in Old Gloucester Road, Earthcott Green.

The wind farm comes 21 years after the Stroud-based firm built its first turbine in Nympsfield and has been in the pipeline for a long time, with early work on the project dating back to 2008.

Ecotricity said work started on site at the end of 2015 and this spring would see the construction of crane pads, the digging of foundations for the turbines and further work on the substation.

The turbine structures should arrive in October before being erected and connected to the national grid by December.

The company said: “Ecotricity will set up a community benefit fund for the wind park, which will be managed through its charity arm, the Green Britain Foundation. 

“Through the fund, almost £7,000 will be made available every year for groups in local parishes, to be spent on projects which are aligned with the charity’s criteria around sustainability in the sectors of energy, transport and food.”

When operating, it is estimated the turbines will provide enough power for some 5,000 homes.