ScottishPower Renewables officially opened the newly repowered Coal Clough windfarm near Burnley today (30th April). Over the past 18 months the company has invested £22.5 million to replace 24 wind turbines installed in 1992, with eight modern turbines, increasing the total generating capacity of the windfarm from 9.6 megawatts (MW) to 16 MW.
Coal Clough was one of the first commercial windfarms to be built anywhere in the UK when it became operational in 1992, and is now one of only a handful of sites across the country that has been repowered.
The official opening was overseen by ScottishPower Renewables’ Operations Managing Director Kenny Peberdy, and guests included local councillors and officials, as well as management teams from the company’s main contractors Farrans Construction (Infrastructure), Gamesa (Turbines) and Electricity North West (Grid).
Data from the original site shows that it generated over 400,000 Megawatt Hours (MWh) of electricity during its 21 year operational life.
Kenny Peberdy, ScottishPower Renewables’ Operations Managing Director, said:
“Coal Clough was at the forefront of the green energy revolution in the UK when it first came on line in the early '90's, and our recent investment ensures that this area will continue to play a role in providing clean electricity for the national grid for decades to come.
“Onshore wind is the most cost effective and viable renewable energy source in the UK and it is vital that we continue to invest in good projects. Coal Clough has produced enough power to meet the electricity demands of just under 5000 homes every year since 1992 and the new project should meet the needs of over 8500 homes per year. The importance of windfarms like this should not be underestimated, and I am delighted that Coal Clough will remain a key part of our company’s operations for many years to come.”
As well as supporting around 75 jobs in construction, the windfarm will now be managed by a full-time site supervisor, plus two technicians.
Beyond that, the site will support a range of other services over the 25 year lifetime, including:
Electrical engineering contractors
Civil contractors to support site and road maintenance
Specialist turbine technical resources
ScottishPower Renewables project management team resources
Environmental/Ecological monitoring resources
Old & New - turbine being replaced at Coal Clough Windfarm