The inauguration of innogy Renewables UK’s latest onshore wind farm in England is being celebrated today (5th October 2017). The 34.85MW Goole Fields II Wind Farm was officially opened by Tanya Davies, Head of Onshore Wind Construction and Business Development UK, innogy SE.
Goole Fields II Wind Farm is made up of 17 turbines and is expected to provide enough clean, green energy to power 22,100 average homes per annum. The wind farm is situated beside its sister site, the 32.8MW Goole Fields I Wind Farm and further cements Goole as a leader in the onshore wind industry.
The day was marked by a presentation at the nearby Lowther Hotel, Goole followed by a tour of the site and was well attended by local councillors, landowners, local suppliers and recipients of funding from the significant Goole Fields Community Fund.
Pupils from the nearby Swinefleet Primary School were also in attendance, having a won a competition to name a turbine at Goole Fields II. All 60 pupils from the school banded together and chose the name ‘Dorothy’, inspired by the classic film ‘The Wizard of Oz’. As part of the prize the school will be invited to attend a magical christening ceremony of the turbine and will also be provided with fun workshops where they’ll have an opportunity to learn all about how renewable energy works.
With the commissioning of Goole Fields II Wind Farm, the local community will soon see a considerable boost in the size of the community fund previously established to go alongside Goole Fields I. From January 2018 the newly combined Goole Fields Wind Farms Fund will provide around £250,000 per annum, more than trebling the previous contribution of £70,000, into local communities. This money will be invested into local worthy causes, with decisions made by a panel of local representatives.
Tanya Davies, Head of Onshore Wind Construction and Business Development UK, innogy SE said;
“It is thanks to the dedication and hard work of countless people that Goole Fields II Wind Farm is now in operation.
“ I look forward to seeing the positive impact this project will have going forward. Both locally through the new £250,000 per annum community fund and nationwide through the clean, green energy that will be produced.
“Onshore wind continues to be the cheapest form of new build energy infrastructure which is great news for UK energy consumers, as it means that onshore wind is helping to drive down the costs of energy bills.
“Today, we celebrate the inauguration of this great engineering feat and we celebrate onshore wind as a whole. “