The 16-turbine 54.4 MW Ray Wind Farm near Kirkwhelpington in Northumberland is now operational, according to Swedish energy company Vattenfall.
The wind farm will generate, on average, every year enough fossil-fuel free power to meet the equivalent annual demand of over 30,000 UK households. Vattenfall invested around £90 million in the facility, which is the second Vattenfall UK wind farm to be completed in recent weeks, following the Pen y Cymoedd wind farm in Wales, completed in early May.
“Vattenfall continues to grow its wind business in the UK with Ray Wind Farm now fully operational, just a few weeks after its bigger sister – Pen y Cymoedd – hit the same target” said Gunnar Groebler, Vattenfall’s Head of Business Area Wind. “I would like to congratulate Vattenfall colleagues and contractors for a job safely done, on time and to budget.”
Gunnar added that Vattenfall has been encouraged by cross party support for determined action on climate change during the UK General Election and that the company is convinced that onshore wind can and will help keep energy bills down for consumers and businesses while driving clean economic growth, which is why Vattenfall is so keen to continue developing good projects in the UK.
Construction on Ray Wind Farm commenced at the end of July 2015 with Scottish civil engineering firm RJ McLeod’s preparing the site for 16 Senvion 3.4M104 wind turbines.