The EA says the proposals will generate around 200MW of renewable energy – enough to power 90,000 households and save 200,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.
And there’s more. The EA says the turbines will generate up to £2.4m of revenue each year, which will be ploughed back into protecting and improving the environment.
Dr Paul Leinster, CEO of the Environment Agency, said:
“We will also be reviewing possibilities of using land we own to develop opportunities to generate renewable energy for the national grid. It is fitting that the Environment Agency is taking a leading role in the public sector development of renewables.”
The EA will be working with Partnerships for Renewables, a company created by the Carbon Trust to develop and operate renewable energy projects for the public sector. Partnerships for Renewables will cover the costs of the development process.