Eastern Group-an electricity generator and supplier based in Ipswich-is to invest around £3.9 million in three small "community scale" wind projects in north Devon. Eastern has joined forces with green energy consultancy Farm Energy, to generate electricity from the projects. mostly led by farmers. Farm Energy helped to secure power purchase contracts under the latest round of Non-Fossil Fuel Obligation support for renewables. The first project to be built has planning consent for a single turbine at Clawton near Holsworthy. It will be Devon's first commercial wind plant. The permit process will start shortly for two wind clusters at Bratton Down, near Bratton Fleming and Hore Down near Ilfracombe. The venture is one of Eastern's largest wind investments. It marks a further step for the company towards meeting its voluntary commitment to generate 10% of its energy from renewables by 2010. Eastern is the only UK electricity company to adopt such an ambitious target.
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