SD8316 : Wind Turbine, Knowl Moor

taken 8 years ago, near to Cheesden, Rochdale, Great Britain

Wind Turbine, Knowl Moor
Wind Turbine, Knowl Moor
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)


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Tuesday, 31 March, 2009   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 21 January, 2010
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Wind turbines   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 836 167 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:38.8036N 2:14.9194W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 834 168
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