The Big Field

The Big Field Wind Farm could become the first community-owned wind farm to operate without government subsidy.

Good Energy has revised the design of our proposed 11-turbine wind farm south of Bude in north Cornwall to boost the power output of the site without increasing the maximum height of the turbines.

By using more efficient turbines than originally proposed, the total installed capacity of the wind farm could be increased to 38.5MW, enabling it to be built and operated without government subsidy support.

We’re also developing fresh proposals to enable the wind farm to become majority-owned by the local community.

The site for the Big Field Wind Farm is on farmland between the villages of Week St Mary, Jacobstow, Warbstow, North Petherwin and Whitstone. We believe it’s an ideal location for wind energy that can make a significant contribution towards the UK’s carbon reduction obligations and renewable electricity targets. 

Situated in a natural bowl in a contained landscape, the site has good road access, connection to the electricity grid and a good wind resource.

Good Energy is currently appealing Cornwall Council’s decision made in October 2014 to refuse planning consent for our original wind farm proposal. The revised ‘subsidy-free’ design will form part of the case we make to the planning inspector at inquiry in spring this year.

Project key facts

Number of turbines: 11 (proposed)

Installed capacity: 38.5MW wind energy (maximum proposed)

Annual renewable electricity output: 88,500MWh* (maximum estimated)

Homes powered: 22,000* (maximum projected)

Development status: Appeal

*Based on a wind farm with an installed capacity of up to 38.5MW and wind resource data collected on site.

**Based on the estimated annual output of 88,500MWh and the average annual household electricity consumption for 2014 of 4,001kWh (Source: DECC, Energy Consumption in the UK, 2015).

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