Airvolution confirm start of construction at Garlenick and installation
Press release issued by Airvolution 31 March 2014:
We submitted our original plans for two 100 metre wind turbines in April 2011 and received written consent from Cornwall Council in January 2012. In order to install more efficient turbines, which would increase electricity output by around 25%, we subsequently applied to extend the height by 10 metres and this was approved in February 2013. Over the past year, we have been procuring turbines, securing construction contracts and finalising construction details.
I am pleased to inform you that we are now in a position to start construction in April and commission the turbines by the end of the year.
The Construction Process
We have contracted Raymond Brown Construction to prepare the site and construct the turbine foundations. We have previously worked with the team at Raymond Brown Construction on our two turbine project in Anglesey, where the project was awarded the 2013 Wales Green Energy Award for “Outstanding Green Energy Project”.
If you have passed the site recently you may have noticed we have widened the site entrance, which will improve visibility and keep operations as safe as possible during construction.
The wind turbines will be supplied by Vestas, a leading Danish wind turbine manufacturer. When the site is ready for turbine delivery, they will arrive at Avonmouth port and be transported via the M5-A30 and eventually onto the A390 to the site entrance. These loads will be accompanied by a police escort and will be timed to minimise disruption to traffic.
Community Benefit Fund
We are pleased to advise that a Community Benefit Fund for the benefit of those in Grampound with Creed Parish has now been put in place and a community panel has been established to decide where the funds should go. The fund will contribute £15,000 annually over the 25 year operating period of the project, and applications for this year close on 30 June 2014.
We are delighted to announce that an additional lump sum of £50,000 has been secured for the fund to be accessed in the first year. The deadline for applications is 30 April 2014 and is for grants between £7,500 and £50,000. The fund is being administered by GrantScape, see their Community Benefit Fund page for more detail and how to apply.
Keep updated during Construction
We shall be keeping our project website up to date with progress reports and news. Please register for updates on www.garlenick-wind.co.uk to keep up to date with the latest news. If you would prefer not to receive future updates from us, please let us know.
Note: for further details on the community fund, see Grampound Community Fund.