Armistead wind farm site opens up for community event

July 17, 2013 | Armistead News

More than 30 people living in the communities around south Cumbria’s newest wind farm have been taking a closer look at how it works as part of a special event organised by Banks Renewables.

The Armistead Wind Farm Open Day saw groups of visitors being taken 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.

The visitors were shown how the turbines generate electricity, and live data on how much electricity was being generated on the day.

Visitors then went back to the village hall for refreshments, and to discuss plans for the proposed new Killington wind farm, which would be located between the A684 Sedbergh Road and Junction 37 of the M6, with members of the Banks team.

Earlier in the day, a party of children and teachers from Kirkbie Kendal School visited the wind farm, undertaking a workshop exercise on how locations for wind farm are identified and having a debate about which of three sample sites was the most suitable under these criteria before taking their own tour of the Armistead site.

Mark Dowdall, environment and community director at the Banks Group, says: “This event was all about sharing information about the Armistead project with local communities now that everything is fully up and running, and we’re very pleased with the number of people who took the time to find out more about how the scheme operates.

“Our visitors asked a lot of interesting questions, and we hope they enjoyed hearing more about how the Armistead scheme turns the wind into clean, renewable energy.

“Generating more of the energy that we all use through this kind of indigenous, clean, renewable source, and thus reducing our dependency on energy imports and the amount of carbon dioxide that is emitted into the atmosphere is a crucial challenge that the UK has to do everything possible to address.

“The Armistead wind farm is already part to this process, and we hope we are given the opportunity to extend our contribution to it through the proposed Killington scheme.”

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