WORK has begun on a wind farm at Bilsthorpe after the company funding the project achieved financial close.
The project which will see five wind turbines on land at the restored Bilsthorpe Colliery, is John Laing’s first project in the onshore wind sector.
Plans for the wind farm were developed by Harworth Estates – property division of UKCOAL – and Eakring Farming before being taken forward by Peel Energy in 2009 as part of its joint venture with UKCOAL.
Despite protests from residents, planning permission was granted in 2009 and since then, a process to procure the wind turbines and prepare the site for construction has been taking place.
John Laing purchased a 100 per cent share in the project in October 2011.
The project is now a step closer to generating renewable electricity and work has begun on site to install the wind turbines and supporting site infrastructure.
Construction of the access tracks and foundations began in late June and the turbines are expected to arrive in January 2013.
Ross McArthur, head of renewable energy for John Laing, said: “It is extremely exciting for us that construction has started on the wind farm, not only because this is testimony to all the hard work that has been put into developing the scheme but also because this is a significant milestone in the development of the John Laing business in the renewable energy sector.”
The wind farm, which is planned for operation in June 2013, is expected to generate enough electricity to meet the needs of over 6,000 homes in Nottinghamshire.