Harworth and Energy Prospects Co-operative Opens Wind Turbine Project in Barnsley

Harworth Estates, in partnership with Energy Prospects Co-operative has completed the installation of a 500KW wind turbine at the former Shafton Two Gates colliery site in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

The turbine, which is now operating, generates sufficient energy to power around 1,000 local homes.  Energy is fed into the National Grid, utilising the grid connection adjacent to the turbine site.

The turbine was developed on 1 acre of land on the site. Energy Prospects Co-operative raised money to fund the development through a public share offer, giving priority to those who live locally.

Its opening follows that in February of a first 500KW wind turbine at the former Arkwright surface mine, close to Duckmanton, near Chesterfield, in Derbyshire. This turbine was also developed in partnership with Energy Prospects Co-operative.

Hannah Moxon, Assistant Management Surveyor in Harworth’s Natural Resources division, said: “The Shafton Two Gates project demonstrates our expertise at regenerating redundant land for renewable energy use in partnership with trusted Partners like Energy Prospects Co-Operative.  We will be bringing forward a number of other low-carbon schemes across our landholdings in 2015 as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to renewable energy.”

Harworth has developed a number of renewable energy schemes on its landbank in partnership with leading energy companies, creating new clean energy to power thousands of homes and businesses every year. Harworth’s portfolio includes four operational wind schemes and two operational solar farms.  Harworth’s Natural Resources division is dedicated to developing low-carbon energy developments, with a pipeline of projects with the potential to deliver 170MW of power from its low-carbon energy schemes – enough to power 50,000 family homes.