Burton Wold Wind Farm

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Coordinates: 52°21′30″N 0°39′0″W / 52.35833°N 0.65000°W / 52.35833; -0.65000
Burton Wold Wind Farm
Energy Plant
Burton Wold Wind Farm 22 Jan 2008 (1).JPG
Burton Wold Wind Farm
Official name: Burton Wold Wind Farm
Country England
State Northamptonshire
Region East Midlands
District Kettering (Borough)
Municipality Burton Latimer
Coordinates 52°21′30″N 0°39′0″W / 52.35833°N 0.65000°W / 52.35833; -0.65000
Visitation Sian Pepperell set the wind farm in motion
Easiest access Viewing site located in a Layby on the A6
Website: www.burtonwoldwindfarm.com

Burton Wold Wind Farm is a wind farm located near Burton Latimer in the English county of Northamptonshire, UK. The Wind Farm was developed by Your Energy Ltd, is owned by Mistral Windfarms and operated by Engineering Renewables Ltd. E.ON UK is buying the electricity output of the project under a long-term power purchase agreement. The farm is spread over three hectares. It has an installed capacity of 20 MW and generate on average around 40,000,000 units (kilowatt hours) of electricity annually.[1]

The project[edit]

Burton Wold Wind Farm

Burton Wold Wind Farm was the first to be erected in Northamptonshire. Construction work on the site began in December 2005, and the wind farm became operational in May 2006. It comprises 10 turbines with a total nameplate capacity of 20 megawatts. These 10 turbines have the ability to produce electricity for an average of 10,000 homes each year, the equivalent of 25% of all the homes in the borough of Kettering. The E70-E4 turbines were supplied by Enercon Gmbh of Germany,[1] who are one of the leading manufacturers of wind turbines in the world. Each turbine is 64 meters tall to the hub, the rotor blades have a diameter of 71 meters which gives the turbines an overall height from the ground to the vertical tip of a blade of 99.5 meters.[1]

Figures on the Ofgem website show that in 2008 (a leap year) the wind farm produced 43,416 Megawatt-hours of electricity, equivalent to the average needs of 9,237 domestic households. This corresponds to a capacity factor of:

\frac{43,416 \mbox{MWh}}{(366 \mbox{days}) \times (24 \mbox{hours/day}) \times (20 \mbox{MW})}=0.2471 \approx{25%}

The wind farm will contribute £280,000 to a community fund during its 25 year life, which is directed towards energy efficiency and education projects within Burton Latimer. The fund is administered by the Kettering Borough Council. The fund has paid for solar hot water heaters at a local sheltered housing development, sun pipes at a local school, and contributed £10,000 towards energy efficient renovations of the Guide Hall. The fund is cited as a case study in two reports produced by the Renewables Advisory Board [2]

The wind farm received a Mention in the 2008 Civic Trust Awards and was shortlisted in the MKSM Excellence Awards in 2009.

In 2008 Kettering Borough Council approved an application for a further seven turbines, submitted by Burton Wold Wind Farm Extension Limited, a Company owned by the Beaty Family.

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