As a long-standing renewables developer, we’re on the cusp of full circle moments at our oldest windfarms as the turbines come to the end of their operational life.
The legacy those projects have left goes way beyond the power they’ve generated over the years. We’ve been able to create local jobs and support our sector’s supply chain, to drive positive economic contribution at a local and national level, have been a part of exploring the latest technological advances and approaches and all whilst working closely with the communities we operate in and around.
But the exciting part is that even when the turbines on some of our sites approach their original operational lifespan, that’s not the end. We have so many fantastic opportunities to do even more with them via life extension works and by repowering our windfarm sites.
So, what is repowering?
Check out our animation below to learn more:
What are the benefits?
Increased electricity generation = increased security of supply
Building & maintaining new assets = jobs and supply chain opportunities
More generation from windfarm = more community benefit funding to share
New technologies available = increased efficiency – sometimes up to 10x the capacity of the original windfarm, with fewer turbines
Repowered site = further investment in ecology and the local environment
Old assets = Sustainable resources for research & training, recycling and restoration into assets like bus shelters and other re-usable components.
Check out our Hagshaw Hill repowering case study below:
ScottishPower to Repower Scotland’s First Commercial Windfarm