Friday, July 27, 2012

News: Work starts on Rotherham wind farm


Preparatory development work by Banks Renewables has begun on the site of the new £21.9m Penny Hill wind farm in Rotherham.

The Durham-based developer secured planning permission for the six turbine wind farm at Ulley in 2010. Turbines with a maximum height of 132m, are set to be built on green belt land to the west of the junction of the M1 and M18.

Around 30 jobs are being created directly on site through the construction of the scheme, with a number of contracts also being awarded to local firms for the supply of materials and sub-contract works.

The turbines that have been specified for the scheme have the highest capacity of any ever used in a UK onshore wind farm, and are scheduled to be delivered to the site by early 2013.

The Penny Hill wind farm will produce enough energy to meet the annual electricity consumption requirements of over 12,000 homes – or around ten per cent of all the homes in the Rotherham area.

Mark Dowdall, environment and community director at Banks Renewables, said: “Utilising onshore wind farms like Penny Hill to update the UK's power infrastructure today is already helping to address the energy challenges that we know the 21st century will bring, and we're very pleased to be reaching such an important landmark for this scheme.

“The Penny Hill scheme is already making a positive contribution to the local area through the Warm Zone energy efficiency scheme that we established last year, and with new jobs, commercial opportunities for local firms and regular funding from the wind farm's benefits fund still to come, this is just the beginning of the long-term, positive impact that our work here will have on the local community.

"We're already working closely with local people through a community liaison group to ensure everyone is kept fully up to date with the progress that is being made on site, and look forward to starting to generate safe, clean and sustainable energy at Penny Hill next year."

Banks Renewables website

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