In 2009 St Margaret’s was designated a low carbon village by KCC and a Renewable Energy policy was put into its Neighbourhood Plan, the first draft of which has recently been submitted to Dover District Council.
This proposes the construction of a 4.5 MW biomass electricity generator which would provide sufficient carbon offset to make St Margarets a zero carbon village. The biomass generator would also produce an annual income stream to fund a range of community improvement projects and provide sustainable, low cost electricity for residents for the next 20+ years.
In order for Wye to produce as much electricity as it typically consumes, we might need:
Two E70 2.3 MW wind turbines mounted on 64 metre masts. (This would cost about £4.6 million and generate sufficient electricity to make £982,000 p.a. – resulting in a payback period of 4.7 years.*)
A 5 MW WID Bio-Mass system burning wood. (This would cost £16 million and generate an annual profit of £3,000,000 – resulting in a payback period of 5.3 years.*)
*Information from the Carbon Free Group