Two New Wind Turbines Constructed

This summer saw the completion of two wind turbine projects undertaken by clients of JHWalter LLP.

  • Wind Turbine at Furrowland

The first was a 500kW EWT turbine for Furrowland Ltd at Newton-on-Trent, Lincolnshire where it will provide a substantial contribution towards the site’s energy requirements.

The second was another 500kW EWT turbine near South Muskham, Nottinghamshire for Debdale Hill Ltd.  JHWalter was responsible for undertaking the initial feasibility stages and for gaining planning permission for both of these projects.

Speaking about the benefits of projects such as these, Tim Saunders, Renewables Manager JHWalter said, “Wind energy is still a great way to provide new income stream by utilising the Feed in Tariff and export tariffs paid to generators of renewable energy.  In addition those with onsite electrical usage can save significant amounts against the cost of typical grid imported electricity.

The Feed in Tariff offers payment for renewable developments through a “Generation Tariff” and an “Export Tariff”. The generation tariff is received for every kWh of energy produced, the rates depend on the size of the development. The export tariff is the money paid for every kWh exported into the grid. The export tariff is currently at 4.77pkWh minimum although most projects negotiate higher rates through a power purchase agreement.  The generation tariff element is subject to change every year for new schemes. This year, an in year degression has applied due the schemes popularity for instance a project size of 15-100 kW currently receiving a tariff rate of 16.0 (p/kWh) could expect an anticipated rate of 14.22 (p/kWh) from April 2015 and a project size of 100-500 kW currently receiving 13.34 (p/kWh) could receive an anticipated rate of 11.86 (p/kWh) next year, subject to RPI increase”.

Tim Saunders added, “Autumn is a great time of year to start a wind turbine project as it allows an early assessment of key issues to be made and for time critical elements such ecology surveys to be planned out (if required) for an application to be made in spring/summer. Some projects may be able to move to planning in a quicker timeframe dependant on project scale and location.  We offer complimentary desktop surveys to assess key project criteria helping landowners decide whether their land has the potential for a development. Following the desktop stage, we undertake consultations with a variety of statutory bodies to develop a detailed understanding of the site and to enable the development of specialist reports and the planning application”.