Ferndale Wind Farm sees installation of first wind turbines

The first turbine of Ferndale Wind Farm in the Rhondda Valleys has been erected. Infinergy’s Project Manager Chris Gould said: “After months of construction works we are delighted that we have arrived at installation stage. We expect turbine installation to continue throughout the month of March. The plan is to have the project fully operational by Summer 2011, compliant with all planning regulations."

The wind turbine model used on the Ferndale site is the Enercon E-48. The turbines have a generating capacity of 800 kW (kilowatts) each, with a maximum hub height of 50m and a maximum tip height of 74m when the tip of the blade is in vertical position. The wind farm has the capacity to produce enough electricity to meet the demand of up to 3,500 households every year. This calculation takes the intermittency of wind power into consideration and is considered industry standard (Source: Renewable UK).

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