The group of protestors fighting plans to build a wind farm between Burnham-On-Sea and Brent Knoll have issued a challenge to the boss of Ecotricity to come and meet them to discuss the proposal.

The KNOll to Wind Farm Action Group recently publicly questioned claims by Ecotricity, the prospective developer of the scheme, that the five turbines would generate enough electricity to meet the needs of 8,000 plus local houses.

Dale Vince, Managing Director of EcotricityBut Dale Vince, Managing Director of Ecotricity, (pictured) stood by the figures in an interview with Burnham-On-Sea.com and local newspapers.

On Monday (April 24th), Andrew Manning, spokesman for the action group, hit back, saying: “We note that Mr Vince is standing by his company’s claims, and indeed has increased the figures to 10,000 houses on the Ecotricity Web site.”

“Mr Vince has rubbished our claims and wants to meet with us. We would be delighted for our technical gurus to meet with Mr Vince, once Ecotricity has published the basis for its calculations.”

“We have had no issue with publishing our calculations so can’t see why Ecotricity should not do the same.”

KNOll to Wind Farm says its calculations have been produced by a “highly experienced electrical consultant” and indicate that a figure of around 25 per cent of the 8,000 homes appears a “more realistic” power output.

Mr Manning also said KNOll to Wind Farm had been contacted by a group in North America in the past week with some interesting information.

“They claim their research suggests that very large wind turbines, such as those proposed here for Burnham, are even less efficient than the more common types on which most efficiency claims are based.”

Ecotricity was not available for an immediate response at publication time on Monday.

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