ULLEY windfarm is helping an energy firm generate enough power to meet the electricity needs of a town the size of Bridlington.
The six Penny Hill turbines led the way for Banks Renewables, followed by its other Yorkshire sites — Hook Moor near Leeds, Marr at Doncaster and Hazlehead, west of Barnsley.
Their combined output in the company’s last financial year to the end of September was almost 110,000 megawatt-hours.
This is the equivalent to the needs of more than 35,000 homes — and meant 28,000 tonnes of CO2 displaced from the electricity supply network.
Penny Hill — approved by Rotherham Council ten years ago — generated the most power with 43,500MWh over the 12 months, followed by the five-turbine Hook Moor scheme, which produced 27,850MWh.
Delivering the news to planning board members, RMBC senior development officer Chris Wilkins said: “It was a very contentious [planning] application.
“People may like [the turbines] or may not like them now they’re up but they generate a significant amount of electricity. I commend the decision that was taken by the members at that time.”
Banks managing director Richard Dunkley said: “Our four Yorkshire wind farms have performed very impressively in the last year, helping us to increase our contribution to the UK’s drive towards its net zero objectives.
“We’re committed to further extending our renewable energy generation capacity across the county in the years to come.
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“As well as increasing the amount of clean green electricity available to power our homes, schools and workplaces, our wind farms also make a direct contribution to the well-being of the communities in which they’re located, and this has been especially important this year.”
The firm is planning more renewable energy sites and had proposals for a solar energy park at Penny Hill passed by RMBC in late 2015.
The Ulley site involves 18,280 panels being installed on farmland. Banks’ website page for the scheme currently says: “We are currently exploring what options are now available for construction of the project to commence.”
Another site at Barnsdale, Leeds, is being progressed and Mr Dunkley said: “The UK has set itself ambitious future targets for renewable energy generation, targets that will require the development of innovative new infrastructure.
“The Barnsdale solar energy park will further extend the contribution that we can make towards them being achieved.
“Using the widest possible range of renewable energy generation technologies will allow the UK to decarbonise its power supply and achieve its climate change targets more quickly, while also benefiting British consumers through lower energy prices.”
Banks has put £44,000 into good causes in the communities where its four windfarms are located.