The four Yorkshire wind farms owned and operated by renewable energy firm Banks Renewables generated enough electricity in the company’s last financial year to meet the annual electricity needs of more than 35,000 homes – the equivalent of a town the size of Bridlington.
The Penny Hill wind farm near Sheffield, the Hook Moor scheme to the east of Leeds, the Marr wind farm to the west of Doncaster and the Hazlehead wind farm to the west of Barnsley generated almost 110,000 MWh of electricity between them over the 12 months to the end of September.
And by doing so, they displaced around 28,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the electricity supply network.
Banks Renewables is currently planning further renewable energy technologies at a number of new sites within the county, including proposals for the Barnsdale solar energy park to the south east of Leeds.
The six-turbine Penny Hill wind farm led the way by generating 43,500 MWh over 12 months, with the five-turbine Hook Moor scheme producing 27,850 MWh during the same period.
The four-turbine Marr and three-turbine Hazlehead wind farms generated 19,250 MWh and 19,200 MWh of green electricity respectively.
Over the year, the four wind farms also delivered total revenues of almost £44,000 for their respective community benefits funds, which provide financial support for capital projects being undertaken by groups and good causes in their respective local communities.
Emergency grants totalling £11,000 have so far been made this year from the funds to community projects which are working to tackle the local impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
Banks Renewables is one of the leading owner/operators in the UK’s onshore wind sector and has a total of eight operational sites across northern England, with a further two in Scotland and plans for more to follow.
Richard Dunkley, Managing Director at Banks Renewables, says: “Our four Yorkshire wind farms have performed very impressively in the last year, helping us to increase our contribution to the UK’s drive towards its ‘net zero’ objectives, and we’re committed to further extending our renewable energy generation capacity across the county in the years to come.
“As well as increasing the amount of clean green electricity available to power our homes, schools and workplaces, our wind farms also make a direct contribution to the well-being of the communities in which they’re located, and this has been especially important this year.”
The new Barnsdale solar energy park would include solar panels covering an area of around 50 hectares of south-facing land between Kippax and Allerton Bywater, around three miles from the Hook Moor wind farm, and would be able to produce enough electricity to meet the annual requirements of up to 12,000 family homes.
Richard Dunkley continues: “The UK has set itself ambitious future targets for renewable energy generation, targets that will require the development of innovative new infrastructure, and the Barnsdale solar energy park will further extend the contribution that we can make towards them being achieved.
“Using the widest possible range of renewable energy generation technologies will allow the UK to decarbonise its power supply and achieve its climate change targets more quickly, while also benefiting British consumers through lower energy prices.”