ScottishPower Renewables opened the newly repowered Coal Clough wind farm, located near Burnley in the U.K.
Over the past 18 months, the company has invested 22.5 million British pounds to replace 24 wind turbines installed in 1992, with eight Gamesa 2.0 MW turbines, increasing the total generating capacity of the wind farm to 16 MW from 9.6 MW.
According to ScottishPower, Coal Clough was one of the first commercial wind farms to be built in the U.K. when it became operational in 1992 and is now one of only a handful of sites across the country that has been repowered.
Data from the original site shows that it generated more than 400,000 MWh of electricity during its 21-year operational life.
‘Coal Clough was at the forefront of the green energy revolution in the U.K. when it first came online in the early 90s,’ says Kenny Peberdy, managing director at ScottishPower Renewables. ‘Our recent investment ensures that this area will continue to play a role in providing clean electricity for the national grid for decades to come.’
In addition to supporting around 75 jobs in construction, the wind farm will now be managed by a full-time site supervisor and two technicians.