Banks Renewables drops Stonechest wind farm plans

July 2, 2013 | Renewables News

Plans for a new ten turbine wind farm to the north east of Carlisle have been dropped by the developer behind the project.

In 2009, Banks Renewables announced its initial plans for a possible new wind farm, called Stonechest which was to be situated in an area of commercial forestry on the south side of Kershope Forest and which would have had an installed capacity of around 20MW.

Since then, development work on the project has been continuing, but having reviewed the technical requirements for the scheme, Banks has concluded that it is not technically feasible to take their plans any further.

Phil Dyke, development director at Banks Renewables, says: “Whilst it’s obviously disappointing to have to take this decision, we remain committed to putting forward carefully designed wind farm proposals for appropriate locations and landscapes within Cumbria.

“Onshore wind farms have a crucial role to play in helping us meet the twin challenges of producing more of the energy that we all consume from sources other than the traditional ones we’ve used for the last century, and reducing the amount of carbon dioxide that is released into the atmosphere.

“As well as generating substantial amounts of renewable energy in themselves, our onshore wind farm also bring a range of other benefits to the communities in which they are situated, including new jobs, contract opportunities for local businesses and benefits funds which create a positive local legacy from each wind farm that will last for decades.”

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