Work begins on £45m wind farm project

The Burton Wold wind farm
The Burton Wold wind farm

Developers have announced work has started on a £45m extension to the Burton Wold wind farm near Burton Latimer.

First Renewable Developments (FRD) says the site will be one of the first in Europe to use the new high-efficiency turbines. Planning permission was granted last year for nine extra turbines, supplied by General Electric (GE).

The new turbines produce about double the energy which could be generated from the previous turbines.

The extension means Burton Wold wind farm will provide 14 MW of green energy, the equivalent of the required energy needs of more than 11,000 homes.

Ground works have already started on site and the new high energy wind turbines will start to arrive in spring 2014, with commissioning due to take place in summer 2014 prior to full operation.

Alex Jelley, Kettering Council economic regeneration manager said: “This private sector investment is indicative of how our community is growing – houses, jobs, infrastructure and energy.
“That sort of growth, responsible growth, is exactly why Kettering is recognised as fast becoming the place to be. We look forward to the new additions to our skyline, and the clean, green Megawatts flowing from them into our homes and businesses.”

Cllr Russell Roberts, leader of the council, added: “Today’s announcement is fantastic news and clearly demonstrates that Kettering borough is at the forefront of investment and innovation.

“This exciting project represents a real opportunity for the area and is an important part of the managed growth agenda. In this era of climate change and rising fuel prices, it is of great importance to explore what can be done to help shift away from carbon fuels to greener, cleaner, energy generation.”

Matt Byrom, chairman of FRD, said: “First Renewable Developments are committed to developing clean, sustainable sources of energy and we chose GE’s wind turbines due to the machines’ ability to capture more energy from the wind resource at Burton Wold.

“As part of our development, we are providing a Community Fund for Cranford and Burton Latimer Parish Councils to spend on community projects. The wind farm will provide over £300,000 for community projects over its life.”