Skegness windfarm will double turbines

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A WIND FARM that will more than double the number of turbines off the Skegness coast has entered its construction phase.

The Lincs wind farm project will comprise of 75 3.6 megawatt turbines, generating enough energy to meet the electricity needs of 200,000 households.

Director of renewables at Centrica Alan Thompson said: “The Greater Wash is central to Centrica’s offshore wind development.

“Our Lynn and Inner Dowsing wind farm already produces enough electricity to meet the annual demand of 130,000 homes.

“Construction of our Lincs wind farm is progressing well and we will shortly be installing the foundations for the first of its 75 turbines.”

Previous wind farm projects have been met with controversy over the location of proposed onshore substations constructed to transmit the energy generated onto the National Grid.

However opponents to such plans and local councillors have welcomed the decision to use existing substations in Walpole for this wind farm.

Coun Colin Davie said: “For the protection of the environment in the wider scale of things, offshore wind farms should always be connected to existing onshore substations rather than tearing up the countryside to build new ones.”

The £725million project began in October 2009 with works to prepare the substation in Walpole for connection with the wind farm.

Earlier this year major construction work began on the offshore substation and this current phase will see the installation of turbine foundations begin.

When completed the wind farm should begin generating power towards the end of 2012.

The wind farm is a joint venture between energy firms Centrica and DONG energy and Siemens Project Ventures.

Energy suppliers will receive two Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROC) for each megawatt hour produced by the Lincs wind farm.

The government has imposed legislation requiring energy firms to produce 11 per cent of their energy from renewable sources.

ROCs demonstrate the proportion of energy production that can be attributed to renewable sources.