Jersey starts offshore wind tests

JERSEY: English Channel Island Jersey has begun monitoring wind conditions off its coast with a view to developing its offshore wind potential.

English Channel Island Jersey is taking the first steps to wind power
English Channel Island Jersey is taking the first steps to wind power

The British crown dependency took the first steps of a three-year project with the installation of a mast and communication equipment on the small islet of Grand Rousse, approximately 10 kilometres north of the main island.

The automatic weather station is due to become operational by the end of September and will help inform future planning about potential renewable energy sources.

"This is an exciting and important project that will provide a number of departments with accurate, up-to-date information, and contribute to Jersey's long term planning for energy needs," said principal meteorological officer Tony Pallot.

Work to install a second station on the Minquiers, a group of islands 15 kilometres south of Jersey, has been delayed to ensure that terns currently nesting are not disturbed.

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