First turbines lifted into place at wind farm

A giant crane erects a turbine at The Grange Wind Farm between Long Sutton and Tydd.
A giant crane erects a turbine at The Grange Wind Farm between Long Sutton and Tydd.
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Work has started to lift seven turbines into place at Tydd St Mary Marsh.

Over the next couple of weeks the remaining parts of the 127m-high turbines will be delivered to the site and assembly work will continue, with large cranes lifting the pieces into place.

The turbines have arrived at the Grange Farm site, between Tydd St Mary and Long Sutton, in sections on specially designed HGVs which have transported them from the Humber Estuary.

A RES sp0okesman said: “We’ve seen some exciting progress in recent weeks.

“If conditions continue to be favourable, all seven turbines should be up by the end of February.

“Once they are all in place they will undergo a period of rigorous testing and commissioning before the wind farm can be decalred fully operational.

“We expect the first green power to be generated on site later this month and are currently on track for the site to be fully operational during April.”

The turbines will generate up to 14 megawatts of renewable electricity – enough to power 8,000 homes.

Planning approval for the wind farm was given in 2010 after a public inquiry by the Planning Inspectorate after South Holland refused the plan on grounds the site was unsuitable.

Since then. a series of meetings have been held with residents and local groups to discuss how a £28,000 a year community fund will be spent.

A number of grants of between £250 and £5,000 have already been allocated to successful applicants including Tydd St Mary village hall’s roof project, Tydd St Giles Pre-School and Tydd St Giles Community Centre for disabled parking bays.