Matthew Neville

County Durham renewable energy firm makes “significant contribution” to net zero targets via North East wind farms

The two North East wind farms owned and operated by renewable energy firm Banks Renewables generated enough electricity in the company’s last financial year to meet the annual electricity needs of more than 16,000 homes.

Banks Renewables’ Moor House wind farm near Darlington and the Lambs Hill scheme to the north west of Stockton generated over 50,000 MWh of electricity between them over the 12 months to the end of September and, by doing so, displaced around 10,700 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the electricity supply network.

The six-turbine Moor House wind farm led the way in the region by generating 30,500 MWh over the 12 months in question, with the four-turbine Lambs Hill scheme producing almost 20,000 MWh during the same period.

The two wind farms also delivered total revenues of around £40k during the year for their respective community benefits funds, which provide financial support for capital projects being undertaken by groups and good causes in their respective local communities.

More than 430,000 MWh of green electricity was generated during the year across the County Durham headquartered firm’s overall portfolio of ten onshore wind farms, which are located across Scotland and the north of England, a figure which is enough to meet the annual electricity needs of over 110,000 homes, or a town around the size of Gateshead.

Banks Renewables is currently looking to deploy further renewable energy technologies at a number of new sites across Scotland and the north of England, and is scheduled to start work on developing the new Barnsdale solar energy park to the south east of Leeds later this year.

Richard Dunkley, managing director at Banks Renewables, said: “We’ve now been generating green electricity in our native North East for more than five years, and despite calmer-than-usual weather conditions over our last financial year, the Moor House and Lambs Hill onshore wind farms are continuing to make a significant contribution to the UK’s drive towards its Net Zero objectives.

“Alongside this environmental benefit, our North East wind farms also make a direct and growing contribution to the long-term well-being of the communities in which they’re located, something which has been especially important over the last two years.

“We have an exciting range of projects in the pipeline, both within and outside the North East, which will support the continuing development of the renewable energy infrastructure that we need to support the UK’s drive towards its crucial Net Zero targets.”

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