|Annual CO2 savings:||18000 tonnes|
The Grange Wind Farm is located on land east of the River Trent on land between Burton-upon-Stather and Flixborough Village, approximately 5 km north of Scunthorpe.
The Grange Wind Farm was developed as a joint venture project between Wind Prospect and RidgeWind. The site will be comprised of 6 turbines each rated at 2.05MW. The whole wind farm will have a rated capacity of 12.3MW. Each turbine is likely to have 45 metre blades and a maximum tip height of 126 metres. The project also includes all the ancillary equipment and features such as access tracks, anemometer mast, underground cables, substation and control building. The electricity from the Grange Wind Farm is due to feed into the local distribution network via a new purpose built underground grid connection.
The Grange Wind Farm received planning permission following a public inquiry in 2012. RidgeWind are now undertaking pre-construction work to prepare for the construction of the wind farm. Once construction begins, the whole site is expected to take between 9 and 12 months to complete. After the construction, the land surrounding the turbines returns to normal agricultural use and will remain in this state for the lifetime of the wind farm, expected to be 25 years. The site will not be permanently staffed but is monitored remotely and visited regularly by technicians for scheduled maintenance and repairs. After 25 years the turbines and associated infrastructure are removed and the land returned to the pre-wind farm condition.
A site layout can be seen by clicking here. Note that planning permission was given for 6 turbines, the application had been for 7. The turbine closest to Burton-upon-Stather at the north eastern corner of the development will not be constructed.
During construction there would be significant expenditure within the regional economy. Millions of pounds would be spent during the construction of the Grange wind farm. Estimates show that local contractors could gain contracts worth up to £2.8m for the project.
RidgeWind have made already made donations to a number of local projects and activities ahead of construction at Grange Wind Farm (See News page for details). The community fund, which will be established following wind farm construction, will enable Grange Wind Farm to support a range of community projects in the area for the lifetime of the wind farm.
The Grange Wind Farm at 12.3MW will have the ability to meet the energy demands of approximately 7900 homes. The wind farm will generate over 33GWh of green electricity every year, which is 30million units of electricity (kWh). This green electricity generated displaces other generated electricity including fossil fuels and will therefore prevent the release of at least 18,000 tonnes of CO2 every year as well as thousands of tonnes of other harmful greenhouses gases such as Nitrogen Oxides and Sulphur Dioxide (NOx and SO2). (CF 28%)
RidgeWind offer educational visits to local schools to hold presentations and workshops, we also offer trips to our wind farms on a regular basis.
*The images have been adapted from the Visuals produced for an Environmental Statement. They are used in this context for illustrative purposes only and are not visible with correct field of view and viewing distances.