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Infinergy proposes redesign of Burton Wold Wind Farm South
24 July 2014

Following a grid connection delay until 2016 and recent improvements in turbine technology, Infinergy has gone back to the drawing board on Burton Wold Wind Farm South.  

In March 2012 Kettering Borough Council approved the plans for a 5-turbine extension to Burton Wold Wind Farm. Unfortunately Infinergy couldn't progress the project due to a lack of suitable grid capacity within the local network. Infinergy is working closely with Western Power Distribution however suitable capacity is unlikely to be availalble until Q4 2016.

Meanwhile First Renewables started construction of their northern extension, comprising improved technology turbines which are 132.5m to the tip of the blade.

The grid connection delay has provided Infinergy with an opportunity to consider new turbine models for Burton Wold South which would harness the local wind resource more effectively, maximising the generation of green electricity.

The redesign plans comprise:

  • A reduction of the number of turbines from 5 to 3, replacing the originally proposed turbine with a better suited model;
  • An increase in tip height from 100m to 135.5m, in keeping with the turbines at the northern extension; and
  • An increase of annual power output of approx. 20% compared to the consented 5-turbine scheme.

The redesign plans require a new planning application and Infinergy has produced a Scoping Report, to which Kettering Borough Council have responded with a Scoping Opinion. To view these documents, please click here.

A drop-in session providing the local community with information on the redesign plans will be held in September. For an initial map of the redesign plans (3 turbines, red on map) vs the consented 5-turbine scheme (green on map), please click the link below.   


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