Last year, four Yorkshire wind farms owned and operated by Banks Renewables generated almost 100,000 Mwh hours of clean electricity – enough to meet the annual power needs of more than 31,500 homes.
The family-owned firm’s Penny Hill wind farm near Sheffield, its Hook Moor scheme to the east of Leeds, the Marr wind farm to the west of Doncaster and the Hazlehead wind farm to the west of Barnsley displaced around 24,700 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the electricity supply network.
The firm is now planning to deploy further renewable energy technologies within Yorkshire with new projects which it hopes to be able to progress in the coming months.
The six-turbine Penny Hill wind farm led the way by generating 35,950 MWh during 2019, with the five-turbine Hook Moor scheme producing 25,350 MWh in the same 12 months.
The four-turbine Marr and three-turbine Hazlehead wind farms generated 19,100 MWh and 17,250MWh respectively last year.
The four wind farms also generated around £45,000 in total for their respective community benefits funds during 2019, which each provide financial support for capital projects being undertaken by groups and good causes in their respective local communities.
“Our four Yorkshire wind farms have been performing well for many years and continue to not only generate substantial amounts of clean green electricity, but also tangible financial benefits for the communities in which they’re based,” said MD Richard Dunkley.
“We’re currently working on a number of innovative renewable energy projects in Yorkshire, including solar energy and battery storage schemes, which will further increase the county’s contribution towards the UK’s ‘net zero’ goals and look forward to working with local communities and authorities as we bring them forward.
“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, and we think there’s a lot more to be done to make this happen.”