Banks Renewables opens up Armistead wind farm site for community event

June 17, 2013 | Armistead News

People living in the communities around south Cumbria’s newest wind farm will be getting a close-up look at how it works as part of a special event being organised by developer Banks Renewables.

The Armistead Wind Farm Open Day, which takes place between 3pm and 7pm on Thursday 4 July, will see groups of visitors being taken by minibus from the Old Hutton village hall for a tour of the site, to the east of the M6 between junctions 36 and 37, before going inside one of the turbine control rooms.

Project consultants Natural Power will be explaining how the turbines generate electricity, and will also be showing live data on how much electricity is being generated on the day.

After their tour, visitors will be taken back to the village hall, where refreshments will be served and information on Banks’ proposed new Killington wind farm, which would be located between the A684 Sedbergh Road and Junction 37 of the M6, will also be on display.

The Open Day will also see the winners being revealed of a competition that Banks has set up for amateur photographers from across Cumbria, west Yorkshire and north Lancashire to capture their favourite views of the Armistead Wind Farm.

The competition has two categories, for amateur photographers aged under 16 and aged 16 and over, and £150 of Amazon vouchers will be given to the winner of each class.

Entries must be taken from the public footpaths and bridleways around the site, rather than from on the wind farm itself, and then emailed into Banks, with the best pictures then being uploaded by the firm onto the www.facebook.com/groups/armisteadwindfarmphotocompetition/ Facebook page for everyone to see.

Phil Dyke, development director at Banks Renewables, says: “We’ve always tried to share as much information as possible about the Armistead project with local communities, and with everything now fully up and running, we wanted to give people the opportunity to see how the scheme operates for themselves.

“The open day will give everyone the chance to find out more about how the scheme operates, what happens to the electricity that it is now generating and how revenues from it will be used to substantially improve the community facilities that local people enjoy for decades to come.”

Anyone wanting to attending the Armistead Wind Farm Open Day is being asked to pre-register for the event by either emailing armistead@banksgroup.co.uk, calling 0844 264 4533 or writing to the Armistead project team at Banks Renewables, Inkerman House, St John’s Road, Meadowfield, Durham, DH7 8XL.

The Armistead wind farm photography competition is still open, but entries need to be emailed to armistead@banksgroup.co.uk before the 28th June 2013 closing date.  For further competition information, and full terms and conditions of entry, please visit www.banksgroup.co.uk

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