West Durham Wind Farm

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West Durham Wind Farm
Moorland and a wind turbine farm from Hedley Hall Lane, Tow Law - geograph.org.uk - 1409488.jpg
West Durham Wind Farm
West Durham Wind Farm is located in County Durham
West Durham Wind Farm
Location of West Durham Wind Farm in County Durham
Country England, United Kingdom
Location near Tow Law, County Durham
Coordinates 54°46′05″N 1°49′18″W / 54.7680°N 1.8216°W / 54.7680; -1.8216Coordinates: 54°46′05″N 1°49′18″W / 54.7680°N 1.8216°W / 54.7680; -1.8216
Status Operational
Commission date May 2009
Owner(s) ESB Group
Power generation
Units operational 26 × 2 MW
Make and model REpower: MM82
Nameplate capacity 24 MW

West Durham Wind Farm is a wind farm near Tow Law, County Durham, England.


Developed by County Durham-based company the Banks Group, the farm was planned as the largest wind farm in North East England. Construction of the farm began on the 11 July 2008. It was hoped that the commissioning of the turbines would make County Durham the first English county to hit its 2010 renewable energies target.[1] The farm was commissioned in May 2009. In 2009 it was purchased by the Electricity Supply Board[2]

Design and specification[edit]

The wind farm has a nameplate capacity of 24MW, containing twelve Repower MM82 turbines each rated at 2MW.[3] It was the first wind farm containing turbines supported on driven steel tubular piles.[4]