Construction on Ecotricity's Galsworthy wind farm nears completion

Construction of Ecotricity's 9.2MW wind farm on Galsworthy Moor has stepped up, with all four wind turbines expected to be in the ground by the end of September. The wind farm, near Great Torrington in Devon, will begin generating in November and will power around 7,000 average UK homes a year: the equivalent of a quarter of all homes in Torridge.

Dale Vince, Ecotricity founder, said: “Construction is going fantastically well, and this is the first of many more sites to come from Ecotricity.

“As both a supplier and a generator, we already make about 40% of the green electricity that we supply to our 136,000+ customers ourselves. Our aim is for complete energy independence: to generate 100% of the electricity we supply.

“Galsworthy moves us to over 70MW total capacity across sixteen wind parks, we've got another 70MW consented, and well over 200MW in the pipeline.

“It's great news – it's more clean, green energy in the grid and Galsworthy will prevent around 10,000 tonnes of CO₂ being pumped into the atmosphere.”

In a great example of ethical organisations working together, the project has been financed through Triodos Bank, whose mission is to make money work for positive social, environmental and cultural change.

Steve Moore, Senior Relationship Manager at Triodos Bank, said: “We are delighted to provide finance to our long-standing customer, Ecotricity, for their latest project at Galsworthy in Devon. Once construction is complete, the project will be supplying yet more green energy to Ecotricity's growing customer base.

“It shows how ethical finance and green energy can truly power UK households. Triodos Bank is looking to continue to grow its lending portfolio to renewable projects like Galsworthy.”

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