One of the turbines at a South Yorkshire wind farm is set for an overhaul to ensure it continues to generate clean green electricity as efficiently as possible.
Banks Renewables is replacing the main bearing and gearbox on turbine number two at its Hazlehead wind farm, which sits to the west of Barnsley between the villages of Crow Edge and Carlecotes.
The work will involve the removal and lowering to ground level of the turbine hub and blades, with a large crane being brought onto the site to enable this to be done.
Operations are set to get underway in the next few days and are expected to take a fortnight to complete, subject to weather conditions.
Turbines one and three will continue to operate while the required work is carried out on their neighbour.
The three-turbine Hazlehead wind farm has been operating since 2013 and generated around 19,200MW of green electricity during Banks’ most recent financial year, which is enough to meet the annual electricity requirements of more than 6,100 homes.
Since it was commissioned, it has also displaced over 62,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the electricity supply network.
Around £150,000 of the revenue generated by the wind farm will also be directed into its community benefits fund over its operational lifespan, and will provide grant support for community groups, voluntary organisations and environmental projects to help ensure the wind farm delivers a positive long-term impact on the local area.
Banks Renewables is one of the leading independent owner/operators in the UK’s onshore wind sector and currently operates ten wind farms, including three others in Yorkshire – the six-turbine Penny Hill wind farm near Rotherham, the four-turbine Marr scheme to the west of Doncaster and the five-turbine Hook Moor wind farm to the east of Leeds.
It is also looking to deploy further renewable energy technologies at a number of new sites. The first of these projects is the the Barnsdale solar energy park to the south east of Leeds. Leeds City Council’s planning committee voted, on Thursday 10 June 2021, that it was minded to approve the planning application.
Dan Thomas, operations and grid director at Banks Renewables, says: “As well as increasing the amount of clean green electricity available to power our homes, schools and workplaces, our wind farms also make a significant direct contribution to the well-being of the communities in which they’re located, a fact which has been especially important over the last year.
“The Hazlehead wind farm has been working safely and efficiently for more than eight years and is continuing to do so today, but as with anything mechanical, parts will occasionally need replacing.
“We’ve timed this pre-emptive work to hopefully coincide with the arrival of calmer summer weather and will be aiming to get things done as quickly as possible, so we can get Hazlehead back to full generating capacity as soon as we can.”