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MOD radar breakthrough promises green light to 4GW of wind farms: By Jessica Shankleman The Ministry of Defence

The Ministry of Defence has signed a deal that could unlock more than 4GW of wind farms currently stuck in the planning system, after successfully trialling a radar sytem that can ignore the spinning blades of turbines. The MOD announced late last week that contractor SERCO had installed and successfully tested a Lockheed Martin TPS-77 Air Defence Radar at Trimingham on the Norfolk coast, which allows it to conditionally scrap its objections to five offshore wind farms in the Greater Wash. FURTHER READING Malaby Biogas grabs first £800,000 AD loan from Defra Could Scottish independence spell problems for UK renewables? The proposed wind farms boast a combined capacity of up to 3.3GW. The department also confirmed, as reported last year , that it has ordered two more "wind farm-friendly radars", which will be paid for by developers and installed at Staxton Wold, North Yorks...

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