Project Evolution

At the initial stages of consideration, designers drafted a project outline that would maximise the wind energy potential of the site. Staying in line with the guidelines, the following initial assumptions were made: The initial distance to houses was taken at 500m (subsequently increased), restricting the turbine height to 169m. Shadow flicker curtailment was taken at the maximum allowable levels.

Placing local appropriateness as a fundamental consideration, further optimisation of this design was carried out based on commonly received feedback relating to the distance to houses, number of turbines, shadow flicker and noise levels. It was found that it was possible to increase the distances to houses, reduce turbine numbers further and improve general performance levels of the proposed wind farm by increasing the tip height by 11m.

The design changes are set out in the following table: 

 

Overview of the Design Stages

Project Evolution Concept Design Preliminary Design Current Design Proposal
Distance to houses 500m 680m 720m
Number of Turbines 12 9 8
Shadow Flicker In line with guidelines Eliminated - no shadow flicker Eliminated - no shadow flicker
Turbine Height 169 169 180
Potential Capacity c. 36Mw c. 30Mw c. 57Mw
 

 

 

We would be very interested in hearing what ideas you have on how this wind farm could deliver the most benefit to you and your local area.