Wind Farms

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NG3547 : Edinbane wind farm by Richard Dorrell

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Little Cheyne Court wind farm by Oast House Archive
The wind farm sits on land at Little Cheyne Court on the Romney Marshes East of Rye and North of Camber, in East Sussex near the Kent border.

Each of the 26 Nordex N90 wind turbines at the site is 377ft (115m) high and weighs over 275 tonnes. The site was built by Npower at a cost of £50 million, and was officially opened in 2009. When it opened it was the biggest onshore wind farm in England, though larger farms were opened soon after. The wind farm only provides electricity to for up to 33,000 homes.

TQ9921 : Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm by Oast House Archive

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Fullabrook Wind Farm by Roger A Smith
Fullabrook Wind Farm. The turbines are located in a total of 8 grid squares.

SS5239 : New turbines near Beara Down by Roger A Smith

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Edinbane windfarm 2010 by Richard Dorrell
The Edinbane wind farm is currently under construction, and will comprise 18 Enercon 2.3 MW wind turbines, with a maximum turbine height of 99.5 metres. The turbine towers will be 67 metres (215 feet) high, blade diameter 66 metres (216 feet).

Preliminary construction commenced in early 2008, whilst main site works commenced during August 2008. Wind turbines started to arrive during late summer 2009 and deliveries will continue through to the beginning of 2010.

This 41.4 MW development will harness the excellent wind resource on the Isle of Skye and the finished wind farm will comprise of 18 wind turbines and produce enough electricity to power over 22,000 homes.

The main access to the site is from the A863 in NG3042 with a light vehicle access from Upper Edinbane in NG3550. The wind farm buildings and turbines are in NG3447, NG3544, NG3545, NG3546, NG3547, and NG3548.

Update (9th July 2010): The Edinbane wind farm was officially opened on Thursday 1st July 2010 by Conservative MP David Mundell, Under-Secretary of State for Scotland. The wind farm is now owned by Vattenfall Wind Power - a Dutch company.

NG3547 : Edinbane wind farm by Richard Dorrell

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Bowbeat wind farm by Jim Barton
This comprises 24 turbines each rated at 1.3 MW, hub height 50m, blade length 30m. It is run by the E-on energy group and began operation in September 2002.

I timed the blade rotation period as 3 seconds per rev, so with a 30m radius, the blade tips are moving at about 62 metres per second, or about 140 mph.

NT2847 : Bowbeat wind farm, Moorfoot Hills by Jim Barton

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Shivering Sands wind farm by Oast House Archive
An offshore wind farm about 10km North of Whitstable and Herne Bay.

TR1568 : Hampton Pier by Oast House Archive

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Black Hill power station. by Richard Webb
Opened in 2007 there are 22 1.3MW Siemens turbines. Total output when running is 28.6 MW.

Built by Renewable Energy Systems.

NT7355 : Turbine 20, Black Hill by Richard Webb

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The Scout Moor Wind Farm by David Dixon
The wind farm at Scout Moor and Knowl Moor is a 26-turbine site on an open upland moor of peat bog and heather in the South Pennines, reaching a maximum elevation of 1,552 feet (473 m) at its peak. It is the largest onshore wind farm in England; the site occupies an area of 1,347 acres (545 ha) and its 26 turbines stretch for nearly two miles across the moor and are visible from as far away as south Manchester, 1520 miles (2432 km) away (LinkExternal link Manchester Evening News) SD8318 : Scout Moor Wind Farm (Viewed from Manchester).

The wind farm, which was built for Peel Energy (LinkExternal link ), was officially opened on 25 September 2008 after "years of controversy" (LinkExternal link Bolton News). Planning applications were first submitted in 2003 and despite objections from residents and local councils, planning permission for the open moorland site between Edenfield, Rawtenstall and Rochdale was granted in 2005.

The total cost of the Scout Moor project was £50 million, but Peel Holdings expect the turbines to be in operation for at least 25 years (LinkExternal link Manchester Evening News). The site produces electricity from 26 Nordex N80 wind turbines and has a maximum output capacity of 65 MW of electricity, providing 154,000 MWh per year. A brochure published by Peel in 2010 states that the wind farm is predicted to generate enough renewable electricity for up to 40,000 homes roughly half the houses in a town the size of Rochdale.

LinkExternal link Site plan

LinkExternal link Scout Moor Wind Farm Brochure (Peel Energy 2010)

SD8316 : Wind Turbine and Knowl Hill by David Dixon

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