Super-sized turbines have appeared on the skyline above Crow Edge as a new windfarm begins to take shape.
According to Examiner.co.uk, construction on the £10m Hazlehead windfarm, overlooking Upper Cumberworth and the Hepworth area, is almost complete with all three turbines now installed.
The 100m (300ft) tall turbines arrived at the site off Bents Road behind Hepworth Iron works last month.
Newcastle based developer Banks Renewables has spent almost six months preparing the site for the three turbines and it is expected to be connected to the National Grid before the end of the year.
The turbines, which each took three days to erect, will have a joint capacity of up to six megawatts – enough to power more than 3,350 homes.
Mark Dowdall, environment and community director at the Banks Group, said: “This is a real milestone for the Hazlehead project, and after undertaking a great deal of work to make the site ready for their arrival, we’re excited at the prospect of seeing the turbines in place.
“Banks is making a significant investment in creating this new windfarm, one that will not only go a long way towards meeting the area’s renewable energy generation targets, but which will also provide a positive long-term legacy through the community benefits fund that will commence when we start to generate power in just a few months time.
“Onshore windfarms such as Hazlehead have a crucial role to play in helping to produce the energy we will consume in the foreseeable future, and Banks is proud to be at the forefront of the drive to produce more of the country’s energy from renewable sources.”
Denby Dale Tory, Clr Jim Dodds, said that although the site was in Barnsley, Kirklees councillors had been given the chance to comment.
Clr Dodds said he thought the region had enough wind farms already and was aware of a number of objectors from the nearby hamlet of Crow Edge.
The Hazlehead Wind Farm is the latest of several large scale projects in the area, including Spicer Hill, Ingbirchworth, Crow Edge and Blackstone Edge.
It comes as Government statistics reveal that renewable energy now provides almost 10% of the UK’s electricity – up from 6.3% in 2010.
The report attributes the 50% rise to higher wind speeds and the industry’s increased capacity to generate clean electricity.
Nearly half the renewable electricity produced in the surveyed period (April-June 2011) came from wind (46.4%).
The Department of Energy and Climate Change said the amount of electricity generated from wind in the second quarter of this year was 120.3% higher than the same quarter (Q2) last year.
Dr Gordon Edge, RenewableUK’s director of policy, said: “We’ve reached a historic high, with renewable energy now providing almost 10% of the UK’s electricity.
“These statistics show that the wind industry is making a tremendous contribution to the nation’s energy supply.
“Wind is now providing enough power to supply nearly three and a quarter million homes in the UK.
“The amount of wind can of course vary from month to month, but year on year, we can expect the role of wind energy to continue to grow, providing us with a secure alternative to expensive fossil fuel imports.
“This will stabilise energy prices, as well as generating tens of thousands of jobs, and helping us to build a new low carbon economy.”