Wind turbines could raise third of island electricity
Monday 7th January 2013, 12:00PM GMT.
STUDIES indicate that it is viable to install 10 wind turbines off Guernsey’s north coast to produce 30% of the island’s electricity needs.
Using information from various university investigations, the Renewable Energy Team has confirmed that offshore wind, tidal and wave power are all feasible resources for Guernsey.
But with development of tidal power being slower than first expected, and wave technology still in its infancy, it is an offshore wind project capable of generating an estimated 30 megawatts that could be the first to be explored further.
The team, which was set up by Commerce and Employment, has also now begun making moves to look at how macro [large scale] solar power could form a greater part of the island’s future energy mix.
‘We think there is a logical sequence for energy development. In the near term, a new cable. We are totally supportive of Guernsey Electricity’s moves to research a second cable given the recent experiences,’ said RET chairman Jeremy Thompson, pictured.