Historically, the MoD has objected to wind farms being located near Air Defence Radars due to the interference caused by the turbine blades. Now, thanks to a new Air Defence Radar that is not adversely affected by wind farms, potentially more than 4GW of renewable energy can be unlocked, which is enough to power in excess of two million homes.
The MoD agreed to a deal which will allow energy companies or developers to fund the new radars. One has already been installed and tested on the Norfolk coast, releasing a potential 3.3GW of renewable energy. This initial success lead to the MoD receiving two more orders of the wind-farm-friendly radars, replacing the existing ones, which are due to be installed in Northumberland and Yorkshire, unlocking an additional 750MW of renewable energy. These developments provide extra support for the growth of wind farms and the Government’s energy targets.
Charles Hendry, Energy Minister said: “We must rapidly increase the levels of home-grown clean energy produced in the UK. Wind farms and other forms of renewable energy will help boost our energy security, and ultimately our national security. I am pleased that an outcome has been reached that is beneficial to our national security, energy security and decarbonisation goals.”
The MoD has also removed planning objections to five other offshore wind farms in the Greater Wash.
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