Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm
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Little Cheyne Court
Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm opened its doors to local schoolchildren recently to celebrate Global Wind Day.
The visit was arranged to demonstrate RWE Innogy UK’s support to the local community while giving the children of Rye Primary School an opportunity to discover more about renewable energy and how the 26-turbine site can have a direct benefit upon the communities they live in.
The Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, opened Little Cheyne Court, the largest onshore wind farm in the South of England on Monday 14 July 2009. The Secretary of State welcomed the construction of the 26-turbine wind farm, which is on Romney Marsh near the Kent/Sussex border.
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband said: "Little Cheyne Court shows us that the UK's transition to low carbon is well under way. I'm impressed with the scale of this wind farm, one of England's largest, and it's great to know that another 33,000 homes are now powered by clean green, energy.
"The expansion of wind energy, alongside other renewables, new nuclear power and clean coal, is vital for the UK's low carbon energy mix, and brings with it massive opportunity in terms of jobs and economic growth."
Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm started exporting electricity to the National Grid in November 2008. All major work on site is complete, and the wind turbines, which measure 115 metres tall to the highest point of the blade and can each produce 2.3MW of electricity, are currently undergoing final operational testing before the wind farm goes fully on stream.
The 26 turbines on Romney Marsh will generate clean electricity equivalent to the annual electricity demand of three quarters of the homes in the Shepway District Council area. The wind farm will make a valuable contribution to the South East of England's targets for renewable energy.
Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm is a landmark project for Kent, the South East and the UK. Every year it will offset the release of thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide, making a valuable contribution to the fight against climate change.
RWE Innogy UK funds the £60,000-a-year community benefits scheme in association with Little Cheyne Court Wind farm, which is run independently by the Community Foundations in Kent and Sussex. For further details please CLICK HERE.
A habitat management group, which includes representatives from English Nature and the RSPB, has been established, and a community liaison group, made up of local residents, meets regularly to discuss the construction. Shepway Friends of the Earth have supported the wind farm and said:
"Congratulations to the npower renewables team for overcoming the many obstacles that might have stopped this wind farm from getting the go ahead. We supported you from the onset and I am proud to say that the Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm has been the most important and successful campaign we have ever been involved in."
Anyone who would like to get in touch with RWE Innogy UK, can call the community phone line on 08000 193243, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.