September 29, 2015 | Hook Moor News
Construction work on the first wind farm in the Leeds metropolitan area is set to reach a major landmark with the arrival of the turbine components at the site from Thursday (1 October).
Banks Renewables, part of The Banks Group, is investing £14m in building the Hook Moor wind farm on agricultural land near the junction of the M1 and A1.
Main contractor Hall Construction has been working on the site since April to prepare the infrastructure required for the erection of the scheme’s five turbines, which are being supplied by Senvion.
Deliveries of the turbine blades are being scheduled to take place between 10pm and 6am to minimise the chances of any disruption being caused on local roads, with the first convoy set to arrive overnight on Saturday 3 October.
The first tower sections will follow on Monday 5 October, with ten further deliveries taking place during the ensuing fortnight. The final delivery is planned for Tuesday 20 October.
Commissioning and testing work will follow once the turbines are in place, and it’s expected that Hook Moor will be fully operational before the end of the year.
Up to 30 people will be working on site during the construction of the Hook Moor wind farm, and local firms have been awarded a range of contracts relating to various aspects of its development, such as accommodation, catering and security.
A community benefits fund worth around £10,000 per year, or £250,000 over the lifetime of the scheme, will also be linked to the wind farm, with the first tranche of funding being made available once it is fully operational.
Banks Renewables will work in partnership with the local community to provide financial support for local community groups, environmental projects and voluntary organisations during the scheme’s 25-year lifetime, to ensure that tangible long-term benefits result for the local area from the company’s operations there.
Around £7.8m worth of business rates will also be generated from the wind farm over its 25-year lifespan.
Lewis Stokes, development relations coordinator at the Banks Group, says: “Work on the Hook Moor site has progressed well over the last few months, and we’re looking forward to seeing the scheme begin to rise from the ground over the coming weeks.
“The turbine components are scheduled to arrive at specific times to minimise the chance of any impact on the surrounding road network, and we will constantly keep local communities informed if there are any deviations from our expected schedule.
“The Hook Moor wind farm will bring direct employment, economic and supply chain benefits to the area, and will also have a substantial long-term impact on the facilities available for local people through the community fund that will be linked to the clean, green energy it produces.
“Modern, efficient, indigenous onshore wind farms such as Hook Moor generate safe, clean and sustainable energy, as well as offering the cheapest available form of renewable energy generation, and we’re excited to be building the first scheme of this type in the Leeds metropolitan area.”
For more information on the Hook Moor site please visit: http://www.banksgroup.co.uk/banks-group/banks-renewables/renewable-sites/midlands-and-yorkshire/hook-moor/