Furness Wind Farm gets the green light

Infinergy and community energy co-operative Baywind Energy are delighted to announce that their plans for the repowering of the UK’s flagship community owned wind farm have been approved.

After careful consideration the Planning Inspector has determined to rule in favour of Baywind and Infinergy and approve the repowering of Harlock Hill Wind Farm near Ulverston, which is owned by Baywind.

Baywind Chairman David Eastlick said: “This is such a relief. Our wind farm has a few years left in it but if it isn’t repowered it will spell the end of Baywind. After six years of going through planning we now finally have the reinsurance that our successful wind farm, which has been bringing benefits to the area for 17 years, will go on. This is excellent news for local investment, local jobs, the local community and an outright victory for community energy nationwide.”

Infinergy’s Senior Project Manager Matt Russell added: “Furness Wind Farm will bring many tangible benefits to the local area. Apart from affordable investment opportunities through Baywind membership, Infinergy and Baywind have committed to a Community Benefit Fund to fund local projects. Major local employer GlaxoSmithKline has expressed an interest in sourcing green electricity from the wind farm for its Ulverston site, which would offset the factory’s carbon footprint by 25% as well as improve its operating costs. There will be educational opportunities for local schools and Furness College. And last but not least, the business rates will be retained by the local authorities which helps their annual budget in this time of austerity.”

The next step for Baywind and Infinergy is to secure finance for the project. Baywind will be raising funds through another share issue, which will have a reduced rate for households in post code areas surrounding the wind farm. Baywind and Infinergy aim to have Furness Wind Farm operational in 2016.

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