Muirhall Energy, the independent South Lanarkshire based renewable energy developer, has erected the UK’s tallest onshore wind turbines. The turbines are due for final commissioning in the coming weeks and will be ready to generate from April.
Muirhall Extension Windfarm, which comprises 2 x 3.2 MW Senvion (formerly REpower) turbines, will stand 147m to blade tip and have a generating capacity of 6.4MW.
The development will complement the already operational six – turbine Muirhall Windfarm to the north of the site.
Managing Director, Chris Walker said:
“Muirhall Windfarm Extension is an exciting project for Muirhall Energy, when you consider that 15 years ago, 850KW were the turbine of choice. The 3.2M114 Senvion turbines are the latest generation of turbine, with a 114m rotor, providing four times the power of their 850KW older sisters: proving that bigger, really, is better.
More importantly Muirhall Windfarm Extension is at the forefront of community investment and will make a £1.8m contribution to local projects and groups through a community trust and South Lanarkshire Council’s Renewable Energy Fund, over the life of the project”.
Raymond Gilfedder, MD of Senvion UK, says:
“I am delighted that the first Senvion 3.2M114 turbines in the UK have now been installed, which we believe to be the biggest onshore wind turbines in the UK. With a 114m rotor diameter, the 3.2M114 platform offers class leading performance, delivers added value to our customers, and drives efficiency improvement in onshore wind through technology innovation.
I am also extremely pleased to be continuing our successful partnership with Muirhall Energy.”
The existing Muirhall Windfarm has made significant, positive contributions to renewable energy generation and carbon displacement since planning consent was granted in 2008 and will provide £3.4m in community benefits over the lifetime of the project.
Muirhall Energy is also currently consulting on another project, Muirhall South, within the local area. An application has been submitted to South Lanarkshire Council for three turbines. Formal consultation on the plans is expected in the coming weeks.
18th March 2014