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Cornwall's biggest renewable energy scheme unveiled

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 14, 2013

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Cornwall's biggest renewable energy scheme unveiled

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Developers behind plans for Cornwall's biggest ever renewable energy project are offering local people 20% discount on their power bills if the scheme goes ahead.

But some villagers have condemned the offer as a "bribe" and said it will not stop them objecting to the energy scheme, which could power around 20,000 homes.

Good Energy, the company behind the hybrid wind and solar panel project at Week St Mary, near Bude, strongly denies the allegation of bribery.

Proposals for the 80-acre site include 14 turbines measuring up to 125 metres tall and 75 acres of solar panels.

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If Cornwall Council grants approval, the company will offer a local tariff with a 20% discount to people living within a 5km radius.

A £79,000-a-year community fund would also be up for grabs to invest in local projects.

Good Energy unveiled its proposals yesterday and began delivering brochures to around 900 homes in the village and outskirts.

Representatives from the company are expected to revisit householders in the next couple of days to gauge their reaction to the designs.

June May, 61, who lives in the village, said: "I'm really not happy about this energy farm. It will ruin our countryside. The discount is a bribe and I don't take kindly to bribes."

Hugo House, project manager for the scheme said: "It is most certainly not a bribe. We feel the communities who end up hosting our projects should be rewarded."

A public meeting will be held next month.

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  • rolandsmith  |  January 20 2013, 3:17PM

    God Energy Isic) are offering a 20% discount to the locals, not from real earnings created by generating electricity but from the inevitable increases in everyone's energy bills which pay for the subsidies paid. Without subsidy this would not be a financially viable project. ...and what are we going to eat when we have no farm land left to grow food?

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