Turbines generating electricity after wind farm connected to national grid

January 26 2018
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A THREE-turbine wind farm in Alveston parish is generating power after being turned on by green energy company Ecotricity.

A THREE-turbine wind farm in Alveston parish is generating power after being turned on by green energy company Ecotricity.

The site in Old Gloucester Road, Earthcott Green, was connected to the national grid on target and, according to Ecotricity, will provide enough electricity to power more than 3,000 homes for the next 30 years. 

Work had started on the scheme at the end of 2015, with the turbine structures erected last autumn before being linked to the national grid just before 2017 drew to a close.

Company founder Dale Vince said: “It’s always great to build another wind park and put it into operation.” 

Ecotricity now has 25 wind parks, between them operating more than 70 turbines.

The company said one of the obstacles to greater levels of renewable energy on the grid was the ability to store electricity, which used to be commercially difficult.

But advances in battery technology as a result of the global take-up of electric cars has now made that possible.  

Recently, Ecotricity was granted permission to build one of the country’s first grid scale battery storage projects on the Alveston site, which it said would allow it to balance variations between supply and demand every 30 minutes.

With the turbines running, a community benefit fund has been established by the company, to be managed through its charity arm, the Green Britain Foundation. 

Through the fund, nearly £7,000 will be made available every year for local community groups to be spent on projects which meet the charity’s criteria around sustainability in the sectors of energy, transport, food and nature conservation.