June 24, 2013 | Community News
The quality and environmental credentials of Banks Renewables’ new £21.9m Penny Hill wind farm has been recognised at a prestigious Yorkshire awards ceremony
The six turbine scheme, which is located to the south east of Rotherham and west of the junction of the M1 and M18, was chosen as the winner of the ‘Built Environment – Projects Over £1m’ category at the fifth annual Yorkshire Post Environment Awards.
The award was presented to the Banks team by Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, the Rt Hon Edward Davey MP, at an awards ceremony in Leeds.
Mr Davey went on to visit the Penny Hill wind farm on the day after the awards, when he took a tour of the site before meeting members of the Penny Hill Community Panel to discuss to discuss their views of the wind farm and the benefits that it is bringing to the area.
The Yorkshire Post Environment Awards aim to celebrate the very best of the environmental work being done throughout the region, and its ten categories recognise everything from green property developments and environmental start-ups to grassroots community projects
Penny Hill represents Banks’ third major investment in renewable energy in Yorkshire, following the now-operational Marr and Hazlehead wind farms near Doncaster and Barnsley respectively, and takes its total installed capacity in the county up to over 34MW.
The company also has a number of other wind farms across Yorkshire at different stages of development, as well as several others elsewhere in both northern England and Scotland.
The associated Penny Hill benefits funds, which will be worth over £750,000 across the 25-year lifespan of the wind farm, will enable Banks to deliver a range of community and environmental improvements in partnership with local people.
And Banks has already invested a further £50,000 to help establish a Warm Zone scheme across the Rotherham area, which is delivering practical measures such as cavity wall insulation and loft insulation into local homes in order to help to alleviate fuel poverty and improve domestic energy efficiency on a district-wide basis.
Phil Dyke, development director at Banks Renewables, says: “This award is another landmark in Banks’ continuing success in the renewables sector, and it’s an honour for us to be recognised alongside so many other impressive environmental projects and initiatives.
“It was a pleasure to host Mr Davey at the Penny Hill site to show him how the scheme had been developed and implemented, and to demonstrate how the community-focused approach to onshore wind farm development that he recently outlined mirrors the way in which Banks has operated for many years.
“This model has proved very successful, and as well as facilitating a range of community benefits, it also helps to create local employment and wide-ranging commercial opportunities for the local suppliers with whom we chose to work.”