EDF Energy Renewables (EDF ER) has achieved a UK wind farm hat trick. The company has added another three wind farms to its existing UK portfolio. Pearie Law in West Lothian, Corriemoillie in the Highlands and Beck Burn near Carlisle are all now up and running and generating electricity.
This means EDF ER now owns and operates 696 MW of wind farms across the UK which is sufficient electricity for more than 423,000, homes.
EDF Energy Renewables Chief Executive, Matthieu Hue said, “This is great news for us and we are very pleased to have an additional three wind farms to add to our portfolio.
“They will make an important contribution to the supply of low carbon electricity and will benefit the local communities too.
“We very much appreciate the support of the people living around the sites during the construction process.”
The Pearie Law wind farm has a capacity of 19.2MW and provides enough low carbon electricity to meet the needs of approximately 11,600 homes*. The community benefit fund totals £96,000 per year for the life of the wind farm.
Corriemoillie wind farm, near Garve in the Highlands has a capacity of 47.5 MW. This is enough to meet the needs of around 28,900 homes*. There is a community benefit fund of £242,250 a year available.
Beck Burn wind farm near Carlisle has a capacity of 31 MW and this is enough to meet the needs of around 18,800 homes*. The community benefit fund totals £ 155,250 a year.
*Please note these figures are based on onshore turbines operating at 27.74 % capacity ( 2011-2015 average load factor for onshore wind from Digest of UK energy statistics) and assuming 3994 is the average UK household electricity consumption in Kw hours ( based on BEIS’s Energy Consumption in the UK – November 2016)