Lindhurst Wind Farm
Onshore-Sites in Great Britain
Lindhurst Wind Farm, located just south of Mansfield in Nottinghamshire, started generating green energy in September 2010. The wind farm is made up of five turbines and is capable of generating more than nine megawatts of renewable electricity.
Lindhurst Wind Farm was approved by the planning committee at Newark and Sherwood District Council in September 2007. Councillors voted 8-3 in favour of the application, which had been recommended for approval by the council’s planning officer.
Construction started in January 2010 with preparatory work at the site. This work included upgrading the site entrance and access roads, constructing the turbine foundations and a substation/control building, installation of cables and a connection to the local electricity network. The wind farm started to take shape in August 2010 as the five turbines were erected one by one at the rate of two a week.
The wind farm was officially opened in November 2010 at a small ceremony attended by Nottingham school children and RWE npower renewables’ Managing Director, Julia Lynch Williams.
Working with the community
Demonstrating our green commitment to future generations, we also ran a series of renewable energy workshops for around 120 local primary school children. At the workshops pupils discovered how daily activities can have an impact on the environment and how renewable energy can help slow down the effects of climate change. A drawing competition was also held and the winning pupils were invited along to the opening event.
As a good neighbour, and responsible developer, we are also working closely with local communities around the wind farm through its community benefit fund. It has established a Lindhurst Wind Farm community benefits package of £10,000 per year, index linked to inflation. This will be available throughout the life of the wind farm, to support local community projects.
Since the wind farm became operational, we have invested £30,000 into local communities through the community benefit fund, and to date, this has funded activities such as creating a new skate park for children, purchasing garden equipment such as plants and shrubs and creating an out door seating area.
The fund is managed by Nottinghamshire Community Foundation and details of how and when to apply for funding can be found by visiting: www.nottscf.org.uk