On Saturday the 31st of May 2008, as passers by looked on, the last of the twenty six turbine towers was delivered to the Scout Moor Wind Farm construction site.
Seen here on Market Street in the centre of the village of Edenfield it was almost 6 months to the day since the first tower sections were delivered back in November 2007. Link
The tower sections in the picture were for Turbine Tower No 17 which was constructed during the first week of June 2008.
Following a public inquiry held in 2004, planning consent was granted by the Secretary of State on the 25th May 2005 for the building of Scout Moor Wind Farm.
Construction of the wind turbines began back in November 2007 at Turbine No 16.
By June 2008 engineers had constructed 26 wind turbine towers and installed 78 turbine blades 450 metres above sea level on Scout Moor amid adverse weather conditions of thick fog, gale force winds, torrential rain, snow and ice during the winter months of 2008.
On the 25th of September 2008 dignitaries from across the North West were invited to the official opening of the Scout Moor wind farm.
Children from Edenfield Primary School, who have enjoyed lessons based around the wind farm, were on hand to cut the ribbon at Turbine No 22. Link
Head Teacher at Edenfield Primary School, Janet Reidy, said: "It was superb for the children to be involved after all the work they had done about the wind farm in their lessons.
I think they will all remember this in future years and now they know what it's like to be film stars with all the camera crews there!"
Richard Dibley, wind power development manager at Peel, said at the opening: "We have welcomed people here today to thank them for their patience and understanding during the construction period and for them to see the wind farm in action at close quarters. I think we have chosen the perfect site here as it is more than 50% windier up here than it is in the surrounding area. These turbines will be generating power for years to come using a natural resource that will never run out."
SD8417 : Turbine Tower No 10 under construction
SD7919 : Turbine Blade Convoy Passing through Edenfield
SD7919 : Turbine tower section passing Edenfield Primary School
SD8019 : Turbine Convoy passing through Bridge Mills
SD8018 : Turbine Tower section delivery
SD8417 : Working on the hub 60 metres up.
SD8218 : The Official Opening of Scout Moor Wind Farm
Turbine details: Tower Height: 60m
Blade Length: 40m Total Max Height: 100m
Model: N80 Link
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