REpower wins second wind energy contract for UK’s onshore wind power

The Penny Hill Wind Farm will be built to the south east of Rotherham and to the west of the M1 and M18 junction. It will have a total rated output of 20.4 megawatts (MW) and will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of around 10,000 homes annually, or approximately 10% of all the homes in the Rotherham area.

Rick Eggleston, Managing Director of REpower UK, commented: "I am delighted to announce the closure of our fifth contract with Banks Renewables, and to continue our long standing relationship with them. The 3.4M104 is the largest onshore turbine we have supplied in the UK to date.

I believe increasing demand for this turbine demonstrates the growing trend towards fewer, larger onshore turbines, as competition for prime sites intensifies."

Neil Brown, group commercial director at the Banks Group, added: "The high capacity of the turbines we’ve specified will enable the Penny Hill wind farm to make a major contribution to meeting South Yorkshire’s renewable energy generation targets, and we’re very pleased to be strengthening our ongoing relationship with REpower through this latest project."

Since its launch in 2004, REpower UK has delivered 39 onshore wind farms in Scotland, England and Wales and two offshore wind farms: Project Beatrice in the North Sea and its largest offshore contract to date, Ormonde wind farm. Owned by Vattenfall, this offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea consists of the 30 REpower 5M wind turbines with a total rated output of 150 MW.