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Five wind projects with contracts for sale

NEG Micon UK and Vindkompaniet of Sweden are jointly seeking buyers for five wind projects with power purchase contracts under the NFFO support system in England and Wales or under the Scottish Renewables Obligation. The sale comes after NEG Micon bought out 80% of Vindkompaniet in March. The projects were being developed by The Wind Company, a UK developer equally owned by Vindkompaniet and by Danish turbine manufacturer Wind World, which was taken over by NEG Micon in August 1998.

The Wind Company was intending to follow the community ownership model of development favoured by Vindkompaniet in Sweden. None of the projects, however, have planning consent. Despite favourable local opinion, an application for six 750 kW turbines at Barkin House in Cumbria was rejected in December-although formal notification of the rejection was only received in April. Plans for a wind farm on Islay-which also commands strong local support-were stalled after the Scottish Office refused to accept a planning inspector's recommendation that the project go ahead. A planning decision for one of three small schemes in the East Riding of Yorkshire is expected in June or July; while the other two are at an earlier stage of development. According to Bob Leicester from NEG Micon, the company decided to divest itself of the projects to concentrate more on its core activities.

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