Bears Down

United Kingdom

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

Installed Capacity


No. of turbines


Turbine type

Siemens / Bonus B600

Expected P50 energy yield


Annual house-hold power equivalent

8,329 homes*

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 8,329 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.

Any questions relating to this wind farm should be directed to:

*Based on the Installed Capacity x Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) "all wind" load factor expressed as a fraction of 1^ x number of hours in a year (8,760 hours) / Average Annual Domestic Electricity Consumption (MWh)^^

^DESNZ's long-term average (5-years, 2018-2022) load factor for "all wind" (32.08%) expressed as a fraction of 1 (0.3208). Source for capacity factors is Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics (DUKES) published annually by DESNZ.

^^Annual GB Average Domestic Consumption Values from DESNZ (3,239kWh).

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