Bears Down

Bears Down Wind Farm is located in Cornwall approximately 1.5 km east south east of the village of St Eval.

The wind farm opened in September 2001 having originally been developed by Bonus Energy A/S and was operated by Siemens Power Generation under a framework agreement until March 2008.
The wind farm straddles the boundary of North Cornwall and Restormel District Councils and the turbines occupy the area from Denzell Downs in the south to Bears Downs reservoir in the north. The eastern boundary is demarcated by the Mawgan in Pydar parish limits.
Its 16 turbines are rated at 600kW and have the capacity to generate 9.6 megawatts of power – enough to supply 5,006 homes* with electricity.

Benefiting local communities

Bears Down’s community fund has supported a number of local organisations over the years including making significant donations to Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust which is a vital asset to the local community. It’s Newquay based helicopter team can transport patients with life-threatening conditions from local hospitals to specialists in minutes rather than hours by road.

Simon Ling

Asset Manager

Vital Statistics

  • Installed capacity: 9.6MW
  • Number of turbines: 16
  • Turbine type: Siemens / Bonus B600
  • Expected P50 energy yield: 20.6GWh
  • Annual house-hold power equivalent: 5,006 homes*

*Based on an average energy yield and assumed annual household usage of 4,115 kWh per year^ = 5,006 homes.

^Typical Domestic Consumption Values from Ofgem. Electricity: Profile Class 2 Medium 4.2MWh