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UK energy company Centrica has partnered with Cornwall Council to develop a smart grid-connected wind turbine to power around 1,100 homes.

The project is expected to help cut carbon emissions by more than 2,800 tonnes a year over the next two decades.

The 2.3MW wind turbine is the first smart grid-connected turbine to be built in Cornwall and is part of the Cornwall Local Energy Market pilot which secured £11.5 million in funding from the European Union.

As part of the pilot, Centrica has partnered with Western Power Distribution, N-SIDE, Imperial College, the University of Exeter and National Grid to accelerate renewable energy adoption since December 2016.

Cornwall Council now generates around 37% of electricity from renewables, up from around 6% in 2009.

The wind turbine will produce energy that will be supplied to consumers via an automated online flexible energy marketplace.

The project will be owned by Cornwall Council and integrated with a 1MW battery energy storage system.

Edwina Hannaford, Cabinet Member for climate change and neighborhoods, said: “The 2.3MW of renewable energy to be generated from this new wind turbine will not only supply energy to the equivalent of more than 1,100 Cornish homes but also count towards Cornwall’s ambitious plans to be carbon neutral by 2030. In addition, it will be a testbed for our smart-grid concept and demonstrates how our Local Energy Market can make the best use of all renewable energies in Cornwall and help businesses as well. This initiative on Cornwall Council-owned land is part of a suite of initiatives including investment into the United Downs and Eden Project geothermal power projects.”

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Dan Nicholls, LEM Programme Manager, Centrica, adds: “This partnership between Centrica and Cornwall Council is a great example of how the private and public sectors can work together to help tackle climate change.”