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Cornwall Council endorses renewable energy centre

Words: Laura Edgar
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Cornwall Council’s strategic planning committee has granted planning permission for a renewable power energy centre.

The energy centre will provide “low-cost” green power for residents of the council-led Langarth Garden Village project. The scheme forms part of the council’s climate change strategy, and could deliver around 20 megawatts of green energy generated at Langarth.

The complex will act as a central hub for electrical power on the site to bring together on-site and offsite renewable energy. It will be connected to the grid to guarantee security of supply – and any excess energy would be exported.

There will be a primary substation as part of the development, which will have a capacity of 24 MVA, while provision has been made for battery storage. Solar panels and heat pump technology, as well as higher levels of insulation, will be used to power and heat the buildings in Langarth Garden Village, including homes.

The council explained that the energy centre would be used to support the development of the new £100 million Women and Children’s hospital building, and other planned improvements on the Royal Cornwall Hospital site.  

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