Power company West Coast Energy is looking for South West landowners who are willing to have a wind turbine on their property. In exchange, the energy firm will offer a guaranteed income stream or discounted energy to landowners over the project’s lifespan.
The proposition is based upon the developer taking on all of the financial, technical and planning risk associated with a project.
West Coast Energy, which has more than 14 years of onshore wind development, is looking for landowners who have space to accommodate individual wind turbines with a rated capacity of 100kW-to 1.5MW, which could produce up to 3,500MWh of renewable electricity, which could be used on site as well as exported to the local grid supply network.
Richard Fearnall, development manager, West Coast Energy, said: “We are hoping that our proposition will make good environmental and business sense to landowners. The recently launched Feed-in Tariff scheme will have caught the attention of those with the potential to consider a medium sized wind development, but there are still many technical and financial barriers to overcome. We hope that our proposal will not just be of interest to farmers and landowners, but to businesses and community groups located in the South West as well.
“West Coast Energy can provide those looking for a development partner with the funds, experience and expertise to capitalise on this opportunity. Our partners will share the commercial benefit of schemes through improved energy costs or a stable income stream.”