BayWa r.e. sold the Kildrummy wind farm with 18.4 MW output to Greencoat UK Wind PLC. This is the third successful sale of an on-shore wind farm from BayWa r.e.'s UK portfolio.
The eight wind turbines, type Enercon E-70, are sited north-west of Aberdeen, Scotland, and have been feeding power into the grid since February 2013. BayWa r.e. acquired the project rights from RWE npower and constructed the wind farm within 18 months, in cooperation with local UK contractors. BayWa r.e. continues to be responsible for the plant's technical operations management.
"Kildrummy is an excellent location for generating power from wind and therefore offers excellent energy yields – one of the major deciding factors for the Greencoat investment," said Matthias Taft, Chairman of the BayWa r.e. management board.
"By selling Kildrummy to Greencoat UK Wind we are continuing the successful partnership between our companies." Kildrummy can supply around 13,000 British households with green energy, making a significant contribution to the UK government's goals for CO2 reduction," Taft added.
In parallel with the realisation of the project, BayWa r.e. set up a fund for the support of the local community, which is being administered by "Foundation Scotland" and supports local not-for-profit projects.
The fund will contribute 20,000 GBP annually throughout the wind farm's operating life. Among the projects to receive financial support is a facility that enables the elderly and persons of restricted physical or mental capacity to lead more independent lives.