The Totnes Community Wind Farm
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South Hams District Council
held a Development Forum on 18th April to inform members of the proposal for the
Totnes Community Wind Farm, prior to the planning application submission.
Full notes, questions
and responses from the forum»
The photomontage visualisations for the TCWF turbines are available here, and give an accurate representation of the way they will look within the landscape from four viewpoints. They hold a number of advantages over other proceedures:-
- Independant and professional assessment of visual impact
- Created by specialist landscape achitects following industry guidelines
- Extensive consultations with Dartmoor National Park, English Heritage and the National Trust
- This is the assessment required by the South Hams District Council and other statutory consultees
- Readily capable of being independently verified
A blimp would give very little idea of the appearance of a wind turbine for a number of reasons:-
- It is not fixed to a tower and will be blown according to the wind, distorting the location and height.
- They are typically bright orange, whereas the turbines will be white
- The size of the blimp would be far larger than the tip diameter
- Looking at an object on the end of a long tether could be a large object far away or a small object closer in - there's no way to judge.
Most effective is a visit to similar turbines to experience the height, noise and 'look and feel'. We are organising such a trip on Saturday 3rd March - please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or to book a place.
At the recent AGM, one of our members questioned Capacity Factors for wind farms. We expect the Totnes Community Wind Farm to run at an average 29%, delivering enough power to serve around 2500 homes. An explanation of the way this has been calculated can be found here: Further information ››
The Community Open Day and Noise Workshop were well attended and informative. Information was presented on the noise assessment and environmental surveys completed in preparation for the planning application submission, planned for early 2012. Notes from the day along with the information boards that were on display can be seen here ››.
TRESOC and Infinergy hosted a very successful Site Visit Day on Saturday 24th September. Free and open to all, the guided tours offered interested or concerned residents the opportunity to learn first-hand about the planned location for the 2 wind turbines between Harberton and Harbertonford. No parking is available at the site, which is privately owned farmland, so the Harberton Shuttle bus was arranged. It took three groups of 15 or so people to the proposed site, where they were given a comprehensive overview by Project Manager Matt Russell. They also observed the technical equipment in place that is gathering data. A sodar is being used to measure wind speed for the purposes of the noise assessment, and bat activity is being monitored by microphone.
Visitors had the opportunity to ask lots of questions.
Were you on the tour? We'd love to hear your feedback. We are compiling commonly asked questions and looking into any matter that needs further research. This will be available shortly.
The most abundant and cost effective renewable energy resource for the generation of electricity in the Totnes area is wind energy. TRESOC is working in partnership with Infinergy, an established UK wind development company, based in Dorset. We are moving forward with a site near Luscombe Cross, south of Totnes. This site, of all those researched in the area, offers the greatest potential for commercial wind development, and we have been extremely fortunate to secure an agreement with the owner to develop it.
For more information, contact Totnes Community Wind Farm on freephone 0800 980 4299.
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Now is the time to voice your opinion
We would like to hear from everyone in the community. Please take a moment to download and fill in our TCWF comment card. Postage is free.
If you would like to be kept informed of developments, please send us an email to email@example.com