Turbine deal on Berwick outskirts set to be concluded

Berwick Community Trust.

Berwick Community Trust.

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Plans to build a community wind turbine on the northern outskirts of Berwick finally look set to take off - five years since the proposal was first unveiled.

A £1.45m deal to build a 74m tall turbine at the Steps of Grace, between the A1 and the east coast mainline to the north of the Ramparts Business Park, is expected to be signed off next month.

Berwick Community Trust and Community Renewable Energy (CoRE) have teamed up with Verco, which comprises financial backing from the Co-op Bank and Baxi Partnership, to develop the project. The final stages of the due diligence process are now being completed.

Julien Lake, chief executive of Berwick Community Trust, said: “It’s taken a long time to get to this stage but we’re really excited at the progress we’ve now made.

“The turbine has been ordered, we expect the deal to be signed off around mid-May and we are optimistic it will be delivered around the turn of the year. It would only take a few days to put up so should be operating early next year.”

Verco will meet the cost of installing the 500kw Enercon E48 turbine and take a 39 per cent share of the profits its generates.

The other 61 per cent will be shared by Berwick Community Trust and CoRE, providing a vital income that will enable it to work on other projects for the town’s benefit.

Mr Lake has also dismissed any safety concerns about building the turbine in what is an exposed location close to the A1.

He said: “The Enercon is an expensive, well engineered and dependable machine.

“We’ve chosen a site where there are no nearby houses and it’s more than far enough away from the A1 should it fall so there is no danger.”

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