But our most recently completed project turned out to be about as straightforward as they come.
The 900 kWp turbine went up in Kilmux, Fife, and posed few of the logistical and regulatory problems that we’re used to dealing with. Planning permission had already been granted, preliminary accreditation for the Feed-in Tariff was in place, grid connection had been secured, and site access was simple.
Despite this, a previous developer had walked away because they couldn’t work out how to make the turbine deliver the required return. We managed to fix that by selecting the right product (a DW52 HH35m from our friends at EWT), finding efficiencies in the installation programme, and working from a more flexible business model.
“This was a picnic”
While no project on this scale will be entirely free of problems, this one was a refreshingly smooth ride. As CleanEarth’s Operations Director, Tristan Grimes, says, “you’ll never put up a 61 metre wind turbine without encountering the odd snag, but this was a picnic compared to some of the projects we’ve taken on!”
Energised in September, the Kilmux turbine will generate 1,900,000 kWh per year and prevent nearly 700 tonnes of carbon from being emitted into the atmosphere.