Formal plans to build three wind turbines on land at Grove Farm in Nottingham are due to be submitted on Wednesday, July 20th.
The University of Nottingham is applying for planning permission to build the turbines on land next to the River Trent near Clifton Bridge.
If approved, the turbines will generate enough ‘green’ electricity to meet a third of the power required on the University Park campus. Wind energy is a clean, renewable source of energy that produces no greenhouse gas emissions.
Permission is being sought from both Nottingham City Council and Broxtowe Borough Council, as the site earmarked for the scheme crosses the boundary between the two authorities.
The University first announced the scheme in October 2010. A public meeting was held in Beeston in November 2010, at which residents were able to direct questions to senior University staff. Councillors and community representatives were also able to quiz staff at a Nottingham City Council area committee meeting in Clifton.
In March 2011, the University arranged a coach visit for 50 interested residents from Beeston and Clifton to a wind farm at Lindhurst Farm in Rainworth, Nottinghamshire, so they could see modern turbines in action.
In April 2011, the University held further public meetings and exhibitions in Clifton and Beeston so that residents could find out more about the proposal and raise concerns with members of University staff.
The exhibitions included detailed maps and plans, artists’ impressions of what the proposed turbines might look like in situ, a summary of progress to date and work to meet stringent requirements in terms of environmental impact, wildlife, noise and other considerations.
The University is required to reduce its carbon output by 34 per cent by 2020. The Grove Farm scheme is one part of a broad range of initiatives — including solar power, greater energy efficiency and increased use of sustainable transport — intended to help the University meet this target and become a ‘greener’ institution.
It is estimated that the turbines, which are 126 metres tall to the highest point of the rotor, would reduce the University’s carbon emissions by 7,000 tonnes per year. This equates to 40 per cent of the target reductions required by 2015.
An assessment of all the University’s land holdings by the Carbon Trust identified the Grove Farm location, off Thane Road, as the most suitable for wind generation.
More information, including maps, frequently-asked questions, and visualisations of the proposed wind turbines, is available at: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/renewableenergyproject/index.aspx
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