25/02/16

Burnhead wind farm near Falkirk is now up and running and the turbines are producing power for the local grid. This site was developed in partnership with Wind Prospect and is now fully commercially operational.

The wind farm has a capacity of 26 MW and is run by EDF Energy Renewables (EDF ER). Burnhead is capable of producing enough low carbon electricity to meet the needs of approximately 14,500 homes.*

EDF Energy Renewables’ Head of Construction, John Penman, said: “I am delighted we have reached this milestone and the team has delivered this project efficiently and safely. 

“I also want to say thanks to the local community and particularly those living locally for their support during the construction process. 

Now that it’s operational, day to day management of the wind farm has passed to EDF Energy Renewables’ Asset management team who will oversee the running and maintenance of the site, including management of the community fund at £5,000 per MW.  

Nick Bradford, EDF Energy Renewables’ Head of Asset Management said: “Burnhead wind farm will not only make an important contribution to the supply of low carbon electricity but will benefit the community as well. There will be  £130,000 a year (index linked) available to the people  of Blackridge, Avonbridge & Standburn and Limerigg & Slamannan which border the site. The community benefit fund will be administered by Foundation Scotland”

* Please note these figures are based on onshore turbines operating at 26.22% capacity  (2010-2014 average load factor for onshore wind from Digest of UK Energy Statistics) and assuming 4,115 is the average UK household electricity consumption in kW hours (based on DECC’s “Energy Consumption in the UK” (July 2015).