EDF Energy Renewables officially opened its Glassmoor 2 wind farm near Whittlesey, Peterborough yesterday (10 September 2014). 

The six turbine extension to EDF Energy Renewables’ existing Glassmoor wind farm eight miles from Peterborough, is capable of delivering 12.3 megawatts (MW) of low carbon electricity. The extension alone will be able to meet the average annual electricity needs of approximately 6,600 homes, with the combined 28.3 MW site now able to power approximately 15,200 homes*.

The extension project received planning permission in September 2011 and construction commenced in August the following year. Commissioning of the new turbines was completed through the early part of 2013 before the wind farm went fully operational in March 2013.

Prior to the project being given the green light, the company carried out new environmental studies in relation to any impact the additional turbines could have together with an extensive consultation with local people and special interest groups.

Of the seven contracts relating to the construction of the new wind farm, several were awarded to local companies. The work, involving firms from Cambridgeshire and the surrounding area included concrete and aggregate supply, piling, steel fixing and construction of the substation building. 

The total value of the contracts awarded to local companies is estimated to be over three quarters of a million pounds.

Now that the site is up and running, EDF Energy Renewables aims to keep the local community involved and is keen that those living near the site continue to benefit from the investment. To this end EDF Energy Renewables contributes £24,600 a year to Fenland District Council to be used for projects which enhance the environment such as those relating to energy efficiency, wildlife and environmental education.

This fund will bolster the existing contribution set up when the original Glassmoor site was completed. This £10,000 a year fund has in its eight years of operation already helped fund energy efficient LED town Christmas lights, a recycled material bench for a disabled picnic area,  a wood-burning heating system for a community building and a children’s wildlife education garden.

Christian Egal, CEO of EDF Energy Renewables said:

“I’m thrilled to open this extension to Glassmoor. It has allowed us to build on our existing success, reconfirming and reinvigorating our commitment to the region.

“For us this is about more than just building new turbines, we’re building on our relationship with the local community. It has given us an opportunity to build on our links with those living closest to the site and to reinforce our support for the community by adding to the benefits which they already receive from hosting the site. I am also very happy we were able to involve so many local firms in the work to extend site – they were a key part to the success of the project.”

John Penman, EDF Energy Renewables’ Head of Construction, said:

“This project was another example of our ability to deliver efficiently and successfully. I am proud of the team and of what we have achieved at Glassmoor.” 

*Please note these figures are based on onshore turbines operating at 26.06% capacity factor (2008-2012 average load factor for onshore wind from Digest of UK Energy Statistics) and assuming 4,222 is the average UK household electricity consumption in kW hours (based on DECCs publication URN:13D/310 December 2013).