Delabole Wind Farm
Delabole Wind Farm in North Cornwall was the first commercial wind farm in the UK, completed and commissioned in 1991 by the Edwards family.
Comprising ten 400kW turbines, Good Energy bought the wind farm in 2002 and has owned and operated it ever since.
In 2009, recognising the advances in technology and the opportunity to enhance the capacity of the site, we decided to repower the wind farm, investing £11.8 million to develop the second generation of turbines. With a total combined capacity of 9.2MW, these four new turbines increased the wind farm’s output by roughly two-and-a-half times, providing a great testament to developments in renewable energy technology.
We provide an annual community fund which supports projects that benefit those living in the surrounding area. This is run by a committee of local representatives who decide how the money is spent in the community.
To date the committee has allocated grants to a wide range of local community groups and projects, for example to St Piran’s playschool for an outdoor play area and willow shelter, to Delabole Allotment Society for new fencing and the village cricket club for solar PV on their roof.
We also wanted to find a way of using the wind farm to address local concerns about rising energy bills. So in early 2013, we launched the pioneering Delabole Local Tariff as an additional community benefit associated with the wind farm. More than 200 local households now benefit from 100% renewable electricity at a special rate, set at 20% less than the standard Good Energy electricity tariff.
Project key facts
Number of turbines: 4
Installed capacity: 9.2MW
Annual renewable electricity output: 25,000MWh (actual, 2014)
Homes powered: 5,900