Police plan to install a wind turbine to reduce bills


Police plan to install a wind turbine to reduce bills

wind turbine installation proposed by police force

 
Avon & Somerset police are making plans to install a wind turbine in order to reduce their energy bills at their Portishead headquarters.
 
The police force is considering a 30 metre tall, 250kW wind turbine, manufactured by the German company, Wind Technik Nord. The wind turbine is expected to have a lifespan of 20 years, and would be installed between Portishead Down Field and Valley Road, to the north of the West Wood Nature Reserve. This particular site was chosen as it is located far from neighbouring houses which could potentially be affected by any noise coming from the blades spinning.
 
However, local opposition voiced their concerns at a public forum that the wind turbine would be an eye sore from the view at Merlin Park, located just east of the police headquarters.
 
Avon and Somerset’s Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said:
 
“Renewable energy is an important issue for us all to consider to protect our environment and resources today and for future generations.
 
“The police service has to play its part and I have agreed with the constabulary that they aim to reduce their carbon emissions by 30 per cent over the next five years.
 
“They intend this summer to apply for planning permission to install a wind turbine at their headquarters. The turbine would pay for itself within seven years and help in future years to keep carbon emissions down and our electricity bills low.”
 
The North Somerset Councillor for Portishead West David Jolley suggested that they locate the wind turbine in Avon, away from the green belt in order to contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions and maintaining the view from the park.
 
However, Police sustainability manager Hannah Watts said:
 
“The constabulary is committed to reducing the amount of energy we use in our buildings and making use of renewable energy sources where we can.
 
“This will not only contribute to a reduction in our carbon emissions but makes absolute financial sense for us too as our budgets come under continued pressure.
 
“An increase in the use of renewable energy we generate ourselves will mean our costs and reliance on electricity from the grid will be lower.
 
“The location and size of the turbine is the best of several options considered in terms of distance from buildings, impact on local residents and capturing the wind.”
 
Hopefully discussions will continue between the police force and the local community, and they will be able to come to an amicable arrangement.
 

Posted By Sally on June 9, 2015 | 0 Comment

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