Suffolk County Council’s goal of becoming the UK’s Greenest County have moved a step closer, with planning permission granted for two 2.5MW wind turbines on the Airfield Industrial Estate, near Eye.
The project has been developed by green energy experts Wind Direct and local business entrepreneur Roy Humphrey. The turbines will supply green energy direct to his premises with any excess generation exported into the local distribution network.
Suffolk County stated its intent in 2007 to become the Greenest County and has since launched a series of initiatives aimed at backing up the claim including events of carbon reduction and running a greener business.
The granting of planning permission for the Roy Humphrey Group project will contribute towards the County’s aims and ideals, by supplying sufficient green energy to power the equivalent of 2,800 homes.
John Dupre, project manager for Wind Direct said:
“This is great news for Roy Humphrey Group and for the county of Suffolk in general. We are very appreciative of the support that the local community has shown for the scheme.
“The fact that there were a minimal number of public objections and no objections from statutory consultees such as the RSPB and MOD, confirm our analysis that this is an ideal site for a wind turbine project of this scale.”
Carl Humphrey from Roy Humphrey Group Said:
“Even though the car industry is regarded as potentially a high carbon emitter, we all have a contribution to make. Our GPS and communications technologies cut down on unnecessary mileage and now our Wind Direct turbines could save more than 7,000 tonnes of carbon every year.
“In addition, we will have a long term stable price for our electricity where price fluctuations have been a major headache over the last few years. This not only provides us with the green credentials needed in today’s business environment, but makes our business more sustainable as a whole.”
Construction at the Eye Airfield Industrial Estate is likely to commence in Spring 2011.