New Devon windfarm to 'boost renewable energy target'

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A new windfarm in Devon is set to make a "substantial contribution" to the area's renewable energy targets, according to the UK's energy minister.

Malcolm Wicks made the comment after plans for the 22-turbine windfarm at Fullabrook Down were announced at the British Wind Association's conference in Glasgow.

The new project is expected to generate over 80 per cent of the domestic electricity used in the region.

Discussing the windfarm, Mr Wicks said: "Fullabrook Down will make a substantial contribution to meeting Devon's renewable target of generating 151 megawatts (MW) of renewable electricity by 2010 and would be nearly double the North Devon district council's target of 36MW."

News of the windfarm spread several weeks after E.ON announced that its own nine-turbine project in Cambridgeshire, the first in the region, was fully operational.

The renewable energy source is expected to provide enough electricity to power 9,000 households and businesses in the area.

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