Seven-turbine wind farm ‘up and running’

Giant crane erects first wind turbine at The Grange Wind Farm between Long Sutton and Tydd.'Photo:  SG270113-TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
Giant crane erects first wind turbine at The Grange Wind Farm between Long Sutton and Tydd.'Photo: SG270113-TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto

A new seven-turbine wind farm is now up and running and generating power for thousands of homes.

After a year-long construction phase which started in January 2012, the components for the 127m-high turbines were delivered to the Grange Wind Farm, between Tydd St Mary and Long Sutton in March.

For the past month the turbines have been in the commissioning and testing phase.

Development owner and operator RES has now announced that the 14MW wind farm is completed and capable of generating enough clean, green renewable electricity to meet the average needs of 10,000 homes.

Gordon MacDougall, RES UK and Ireland chief operating officer, said: “I am delighted to welcome the project into RES’s growing portfolio of operating wind farms.

“The Grange Farm will make an important contribution to delivering the renewable electricity the UK needs in order to reduce our reliance on costly gas imports and cut carbon emissions.

“It also clearly demonstrates that onshore wind continues to have an important role to play in our energy mix and provides a secure, home-grown supply of electricity for British homes and businesses.”

He also said RES looks forward to continuing the links it has forged with people living near to the wind farm during the development and construction phases.

During the construction phase, RES supported local organisations in a number of ways, such as donating prizes for the local school raffle.

Now that the wind farm is fully operational, RES has set up a community benefit fund that will provide £28,000 every year for the lifetime of the wind farm for investment in local projects.

The fund is being administered by Lincolnshire Community Foundation, with decisions about where the money will be spent being taken by a panel made up of local people.

RES community relations co-ordinator Samantha Mayes said: “We would like to thank the local community around the Grange Wind Farm for their interest and support for the project.

“We are delighted that the wind farm has been completed on schedule and that the community benefit fund is now open to applications from local projects.”