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Unique grid connection allows highly flexible power purchase agreement on private-wire turbine in Avonmouth Docks

Our current project with Accolade Wines received planning permission in summer 2017. This was the result of determined work by our planning team to overcome the political and regulatory barriers to developing wind turbines in England.

CleanEarth liaised with the District Network Operator (DNO) to offer Accolade Wines a unique power purchase agreement (PPA) where they can ‘opt in or opt out’ of purchasing the power generated by the turbine, providing complete flexibility throughout the term.

The turbine will be situated in the car park adjacent to Accolade’s European Distribution Centre. In this industrial setting only a small footprint of land is required for the turbine, and sterilisation of the land is further minimised because there’s no need for a separate crane pad.

Due to the heavily industrial location, CleanEarth commissioned a geotechnical assessment which determined that piled foundations will be required. We have extensive experience installing piled foundations and the design is currently ongoing.

On completion, the Avonmouth Docks turbine is expected to produce over 7 million kWh annually for Accolade’s power-hungry Distribution Centre.

We are always looking for new ways to accurately match generation to the client’s needs, not just now but for years to come. So we have to consider how their consumption patterns may change over time and structure the agreement accordingly.

Dean Robson – Managing Director, CleanEarth

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