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Progress made on wind farm friendly radar

A contract has been awarded for two TPS-77 radar installations in Northumberland and Yorkshire, UK, which could remove Ministry of Defence (MoD) objections to 750 MW of planned wind farms, trade association RenewableUK says.

By Kari Williamson

RenewableUK welcomes the contract awarded to Serco for the wind farm friendly radar installations, hailing it as a ‘sign of progress on a long-term obstacle’.

Through a joint funding venture involving contributions from the industry, two more wind farm friendly radars are due to be deployed in Northumberland and Yorkshire. Together with an existing project at RAF Trimingham, over 4 GW of wind farm development could be unlocked, RenewableUK says.

Dr Gordon Edge, RenewableUK’s Director of Policy, comments: “The deployment of the TPS-77 in Norfolk and the award of contracts for its deployment other key locations heralds the end of what has been a long-term obstacle for the expansion of wind energy.

“Through close co-operation with the Ministry of Defence, the industry is identifying its impact on our defence infrastructure and bearing its share of the costs of mitigating that impact. By doing so, we expand our ability to tap into Britain’s world-beating renewable energy resources.”

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