Subsidy-Free U.K. Wind Plant on Good Energy Group Drawing Board

Good Energy Group Plc has redesigned its plans for an onshore wind farm in the U.K. to be bankable without a subsidy.

The renewable energy developer based in Wiltshire, England, said it’s studying designs for the Big Field Wind Farm it has in the southwest that would use longer turbine blades, potentially increasing the maximum capacity to 39 megawatts from 28 megawatts.

“The 11-turbine wind farm could generate enough power for more than 22,000 homes and pay back the costs of development and construction without the need for subsidy,” the company said in an e-mailed statement.

The idea is an effort by Good Energy to revive a project that was refused planning permission by the Cornwall Council in October 2014. Prime Minister David Cameron’s government has promised to halt subsidies for onshore wind farms and given local authorities more power to block projects deemed harmful for the community.

Good Energy is appealing Cornwall’s decision. It has suggested a number of incentives such as opening up the project to investment from the local community and selling electricity 20 percent cheaper to people living within 5 kilometers of the wind farm.

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