September 19, 2011 | Hazlehead News
Construction work on a new West Yorkshire wind farm is entering a new phase after the three turbines that will make up the scheme arrived on site.
Banks Renewables, part of The Banks Group, is investing around £10m in the Hazlehead wind farm, and has been undertaking preparatory work on site, which sits on formerly derelict brownfield land to the west of Barnsley, for the last six months.
Located between the villages of Crow Edge and Carlecotes, around seven miles to the west of the M1, the Hazlehead wind farm will have an installed capacity of up to six megawatts.
Each turbine will take up to three days to erect and have been supplied by industry leading supplier REpower, and Banks is aiming to have the wind farm fully operational and connected to the National Grid before the end of the year.
A community benefits fund will run alongside the wind farm when it is fully operational, and will provide support for local community groups, environmental and voluntary projects to help ensure the Hazlehead wind farm provides a long-term positive impact on the area.
Mark Dowdall, environment and community director at The Banks Group, says: “This is a real milestone for the Hazlehead project, and after undertaking a great deal of work to make the site ready for their arrival, we’re excited at the prospect of seeing the turbines in place.
“Banks is making a significant investment in creating this new wind farm, one that will not only go a long way towards meeting the area’s renewable energy generation targets, but which will also provide a positive long-term legacy through the community benefits fund that will commence when we start to generate power in just a few months time.
“Onshore wind farms such as Hazlehead have a crucial role to play in helping to produce the energy we will consume in the foreseeable future, and Banks is proud to be at the forefront of the drive to produce more the country’s energy from renewable sources.”