Developer Wind Prospect continues its run of planning success in England with two recent wind farm consents. These bring the number of onshore wind farm approvals this year for Wind Prospect to four. All are sited in the low-lying fens to the east of the country, the area of England where the topography most closely resembles Denmark and northern Germany -- where most of Europe's wind plant are located. The latest fens plant to be approved is Bicker Fen wind farm, where 13, 2 MW turbines will be installed near Boston, Lincolnshire. The 26 MW project is the company's largest onshore wind farm so far. James Pennay from Wind Prospect says the local community will benefit from the wind farm. "With our Windfall scheme, we will work with the local people to finalise plans for funding public information and education schemes and community initiatives relating to renewable energy and conservation." He adds that local people will also have the opportunity to invest in wind energy from as little as £250-£500 through Fenland Green Power Investments. The Bicker Fen consent follows hard on the heels of an approval for six 1.75 MW turbines at Gedney Marsh, also in Lincolnshire. The company also gained one offshore consent for 90 MW this year, bringing the total for 2003 to over 150 MW.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol