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WRG secures first wind farm planning approval on landfill site

Waste Recycling Group (WRG) has been given the go-ahead to site two wind turbines at its closed Carnaby Landfill site, near Bridlington in East Yorkshire.

WRG development director Andy Ryan said: “This marks an exciting milestone for WRG, and we are thrilled to have been awarded our first wind farm planning consent. WRG has extensive experience in recovering renewable energy from a range of waste treatment technologies, and we look forward to applying that expertise to wind energy development, with the help of our colleagues at FCC.”

The waste management company has been looking at additional ways to generate renewable energy by using its landholding in the UK and identified the potential to develop wind turbines on suitable operational or closed landfill sites. It has now submitted three wind farm planning applications, with another three due to be submitted in the next couple of months.

The Carnaby Wind Energy Project will see the development of two turbines, each capable of generating up to 3MW of renewable electricity, which together are enough to power more than 2,500 homes.

WRG anticipates that construction will commence early in 2012, and that the site will become operational by summer 2012.

FCC, WRG’s parent company, already has a strong interest in renewable energy. It operates 14 wind farms in Spain with 420 MW of installed capacity, plus 150 MW of capacity under development, including two 10MW photovoltaic plants in operation and two concentrated solar power (CSP) plants under construction with a capacity of 100MW. 

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