19/01/15

EDF Energy Renewables is pleased to announce that all construction and commissioning activities at its Barmoor wind farm are now complete and that the turbines have started producing power for the local grid.


This means that the site is now fully commercially operational. EDF Energy Renewables is delighted to have achieved this milestone one month ahead of schedule.

The six turbine project which is located between Ford and Lowick,14km south-west of Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland is capable of producing enough low carbon electricity to meet the annual needs of approximately 6,500 homes.*

EDF Energy Renewables’ Head of Construction, John Penman, said: “We’re very proud to have delivered this project efficiently, safely and ahead of schedule. I’m full of praise for what our team has achieved here at Barmoor. 

“I am also very grateful to the local community and those living near the site for their patience and support during the construction process. 

“Although we strived, as we always do, to keep disruption to a minimum and keep our neighbours informed of how the works were progressing, we really do appreciate the support and interest from local people we received as we carried out the works.” 

Now that it’s operational, day to day management of the wind farm will pass to EDF Energy Renewables’ Asset management team. They will oversee the running and maintenance of the site as well as the administration of the £60,000 per year community benefit fund.

Nick Bradford, EDF Energy Renewables’ Head of Asset Management said: “Barmoor wind farm will make an important contribution to the supply of low carbon electricity required by the local area and beyond. As the operators of wind farms across the country, our goal is to not only to generate electricity, but to become a part of the communities that host our projects.
 
“One of the ways we can give something back to the local area is through community benefit funds like the one we’ve set up at Barmoor. I’m delighted to say that the final administrative elements are being put in place and that the fund should be looking at making its first grants to local projects sometime this coming Spring.” 

* Please note these figures are based on onshore turbines operating at 26.24% capacity (2009-2013 average load factor for onshore wind from Digest of UK Energy Statistics) and assuming 4,192 is the average UK household electricity consumption in kW hours (based on DECC’s “Energy Consumption in the UK” (July 2014).