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Huge wind farm scheme is approved
Windfarm turbine and pylon
The turbines will provide for 30% of north Devon's power needs
The government has approved a plan to build Devon's largest wind farm.

Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks has given Devon Wind Power the go-ahead for its 66MW Fullabrook Down wind project.

The 22-turbine scheme will generate enough power for the annual needs of 30,000 domestic users, or 30% of total electricity consumption in north Devon.

The 110 metre-high turbines to be erected between Braunton and Ilfracombe would also save almost 65,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually, Mr Wicks said.

The decision follows a public inquiry held in December and January, after initial rejection of the project by local planners.

Malcolm Wicks said: "Fullabrook Down will make a substantial contribution to meeting Devon's renewable target of generating 151mw of renewable electricity by 2010 and would be nearly double the North Devon District Council's target of 36mw."

"Innovative projects like the new wave and tidal testing facility off the Orkney Islands, the recently-consented Wave Hub in Cornwall and a Severn Barrage, if developed, will all ensure the UK remains a centre of renewable excellence," he said.

The wind farm could power about 30% of north Devon


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