Work to keep one of the turbines at a Cumbrian wind farm operating as smoothly as possible is set to start later this month.
Operator Banks Renewables and Siemens Gamesa is replacing the main bearing on turbine number four at the Armistead wind farm, which sits to the east of the M6 between junctions 36 and 37, to ensure that it continues to work with maximum efficiency.
A large crane is set to be brought to the site on Monday 27 July to allow the required work, which is scheduled to take around a fortnight, to take place.
The six-turbine Armistead wind farm has generated over 35,000 MWh of green electricity over the last 12 months, which is enough to meet the annual energy requirements of around 11,200 homes, and by doing so, displaced almost 9,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the electricity supply network.
Operational since 2013, it also generates almost £14,000 every year for the Armistead Wind Farm Benefits Fund, which is designed to support community improvement projects put forward by local voluntary groups, charities and other organisations and usually prioritises capital expenditure scheme.
Previous grant recipients have included Kirkby Lonsdale RUFC, Preston Patrick Memorial Hall and St John the Baptist Church in Old Hutton.
Lewis Stokes, community relations manager at The Banks Group, says: “The Armistead wind farm has been running extremely well for the last seven years and the work we’re carrying out will help to keep it in optimum working order.
“Modern onshore wind farms like Armistead are generating an ever-greater proportion of the energy that we all consume by renewable means, and the revenues that it and our other onshore schemes are creating for community projects also mean that they are making a wider long-term difference to their respective local areas.
“The Armistead benefits fund has already made a big difference to a lot of local organisations, and we’re always keen to hear from community groups and good causes who have ideas for how it might best be allocated to bring maximum possible benefit to surrounding communities.”
Anyone interested in applying for funding from the Armistead Wind Farm Benefits Fund should first contact the fund manager for The Banks Community Fund via firstname.lastname@example.org before applying for a grant to check if their group or project is eligible.