Benefits of Onshore Wind Farms

The number of homes which can be powered by a typical wind farm
This is calculated by multiplying the installed capacity of the wind farm in megawatts (MW) by the number of hours in a year (8,760) and then multiplying this by the locally independently assessed capacity or load factor (30.0 per cent) expressed as a fraction of 1 (e.g. 0.30). See:

Banks Renewables use the local, independently assessed, capacity or load factor in calculating the performance of our wind farms wherever possible. For example for Banks Renewbales Birneyknowe wind farm the sum is: 51MW installed capacity x 0.30 capacity or load factor (local independently assessed capacity or load factor for Birneyknowe) x 8,760 hours in a year / 3.938MWh annual consumption = 34,034 homes.

CO2 – The amount of carbon dioxide saved by a typical wind farm
A typical modern wind turbine has a capacity of two megawatts (MW) and is expected to avoid emissions of over 1,880 tonnes of CO2 in an average year. Again see:

The number of people employed by the UK wind industry
Currently the onshore wind industry in the UK supports around 15,500 jobs. Renewable UK publish a report on the state of the wind industry in the UK. Please see our links page for the latest Renewable UK State of the Wind Energy Industry Report in the UK. Banks Renewables holds events for local companies that are interested in supplying goods and services for the construction of our wind farms.

The investment wind farms can bring local communities
At Banks Renewables, we have led the way in community engagement around the design, building and opertaions of our wind farms. We firmly believe the success of our business depends upon building strong relationships with the communities near our sites and ensuring they see direct social, economic and environmental benefits from our presence in their area. We call this development with care. It is at the heart of all we do. Each project is developed hand-in-hand wth the local community so each is bespoke to that area. But each of wind farms has a community fund. Banks Renewables wind farm community funds have been established to provide financial assistance to community groups, voluntary organisations and the local community in the area of a wind farm. Some of our funds are able to provide support for local training and employment initiatives. The geographical boundaries for fund eligibility will normally be restricted to the community councils or parishes in close proximity to the wind farm. Projects outside of these areas may be eligible if it can be shown that they benefit local people from these areas. Please see our Wind Farms Community Funds page for more information.

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