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Golf club and nine farms in Lincolnshire to be powered by wind

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: September 12, 2012

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A golf club and nine farms hope to be soon powered by wind.

The businesses are going through the planning process to install small turbines.

The projects are the latest to be proposed by firms in East Lindsey, which has seen dozens of separate applications this year.

While full-scale developments, which are typically around 120m high, can face stiff resistance from Lincolnshire communities, diminutive versions are proving popular among businesses.

Rural firms are using the green technology to cut energy bills with the help of Government incentives.

Tetney Golf Club wants to put up two 45m turbines as part of its desire to use renewable energy sources.

Papers have already been put before East Lindsey District Council and a planning application is due to follow.

Mike Landy, head of on-site renewables at the Renewable Energy Association, said small wind turbine applications were important for the nation's energy mix.

"The current high rate of applications for small wind projects is encouraging," he said.

"But it may well be driven by the announcement of a forthcoming reduction to the Feed-in Tariff for wind, which will see the rates capped at 21p per kWh.

"Small wind, when well-sited and with substantive community consultation, is a very valuable technology in the UK's low-carbon portfolio.

"Perhaps most exciting are the various models of community ownership which are becoming increasingly common."

Near Tetney, another 45m turbine has been proposed at Holme Farm and two 46m structures could be built at Grainthorpe Grain Store, just a few miles away.

A planning application has also been submitted for another 45m turbine in Wragholme.

Eight others of varying sizes are being proposed in the Skegness area, with the largest a 67m structure at Mawthorpe Farms, near Alford.

Windcrop, a firm that specialises in small-scale wind systems, is currently handling 11 separate live planning applications in East Lindsey.

The company has already installed more than 300 turbines across the east of England.

Its managing director John Moore says many more could be erected in the county in future.

"I think the number of applications is increasing and one of the main reasons is that electricity bills are continuing to rise," he said.

"In terms of our business, it's almost exclusively with small holdings, farms or rural properties that have enough land."

Mr Moore said small turbines had much less visual impact on the environment than large wind farms.

"Because of their size, they go in and barely get noticed," he said.

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