Turbines bid for north Norfolk site

A Cornish firm hopes to install two wind turbines on farmland in north Norfolk, producing electricity for over 2,800 local homes.

Airvolution Energy has applied to North Norfolk District Council for permission to put up a 60m high-wind monitoring mast on land off Church Street, in Sco Ruston.

If approved, the mast would measure wind speed for about six months to gauge whether the site was right for the turbines.

The firm, based in Helston, has sites in Scotland, Wales and parts of England outside East Anglia, all operating a small number of wind turbines which feed into the local electricity network rather than the national grid, according to spokeswoman Nicola Perkin.

The project was still in the feasibility stage and there would be extensive surveys and widespread consultation in advance of any turbine application.

If it went ahead, the scheme would probably use 1.8MW turbines which would be a maximum of 125m tall, to blade tip.

The site had been chosen because computer calculations estimated a good potential wind speed there of 6.3m per second.

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Ms Perkin said the project was not in anyway associated with the redevelopment of neighbouring former RAF Coltishall.