Bristol waves forward two wind turbines

The home of the Clifton Suspension Bridge (pictured) has plans to be the greenest city in Europe – and to help it win that accolade, Bristol City Council has signed […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The home of the Clifton Suspension Bridge (pictured) has plans to be the greenest city in Europe – and to help it win that accolade, Bristol City Council has signed a contract for two wind turbines. This brings the UK’s first local authority-run wind farm a step closer. The two turbines will be located on a former Shell oil tank site in Avonmouth.

Wind turbine manufacturer Nordex UK will design and install the wind turbines and look after them once built. Work is expected to begin on site in early March next year and it could be producing ‘green’ electricity from October 2013.

Paul Isbell, Bristol City Council’s Energy Manager said: “A number of obstacles have had to be overcome along the way but this time next year there will be two turbines producing over 20% of the Council’s current annual electricity use including street lighting.”

The city’s Mayor George Ferguson said: “This is just the type of bold energy project that Bristol should be pioneering. We will be our own green electricity producers, saving taxpayers money and reducing our carbon footprint. The project is a further step in our ambition to become Europe’s Green Capital City.”