15 Jul 2015

Making the most of the wind and sun in Cornwall

My husband and I have just returned from a winderful holiday in Cornwall. No, that is not a typo, just a description of the windy conditions we experienced. People on our campsite were complaining about the wind which seemed to be insistent on trying to blow our tents away.  But then someone said - 'Look around you'.  Yes, we were surrounded by wind turbines making efficient use of the blowy conditions.

I always know when we reach Cornwall as you see turbines of all different sizes gracefully turning round. Usually just single ones, but sometimes in groups.

Cornwall and Devon are also leading the way in solar farms. According to an article in the Western Morning News dated 16th Feb 2015

'most of the development of solar farms in England has been in the South West, with figures from CPRE suggesting, by last May, there were 98 schemes installed or in planning in Cornwall, 83 in Devon, 61 in Somerset, 30 in Dorset and 42 in Wiltshire.'
I did say to my husband, 'I wonder if Cornwall is self-sufficient in energy?'. On returning home I googled this and found an article by Bob Egerton, Cornwall Councillor which says that as of May 2015
'Over a year as a whole, Cornwall's wind turbines and solar farms can generate approximately 21% of Cornwall's electricity demand. When the latest solar farms under construction come online, that percentage will rise to about 25%.'

1 comment:

Philip Booth said...

Molly Scott Cato MEP recently released a report regarding renewables in the SW: http://mollymep.org.uk/2015/04/23/on-st-georges-day-greens-prove-nuclear-and-fossil-fuel-dragons-can-be-slayed-by-renewables/

The study shows that the South West can produce 100% of its energy needs from renewables – and have some left over to export. A renewable energy revolution could create 122,000 jobs across the region and add over £4bn a year to the South West economy. Molly says in the press release that nuclear and fossil fuels are a distraction “We must slay those particular dragons, they are having a chilling effect, freezing out investment for renewable generation, as well as taking up all the additional grid capacity.”