REpower wins second contract for UK’s most powerful onshore wind turbine

Edinburgh, 11 May 2012. REpower has signed a contract to supply Banks Renewables with six 3.4M104 turbines for their Penny Hill Wind Farm in South Yorkshire, England. The 3.4M104 with a rated power of 3.4 megawatts (MW) is currently the most powerful onshore wind turbine scheduled for installation in the UK. Penny Hill is the second UK onshore development where the 3.4M104 will be installed, following REpower’s Blyth Harbour deal with Hainsford Energy at the start of this year.

The Penny Hill Wind Farm will be built to the south east of Rotherham and to the west of the M1 and M18 junction.

It will have a total rated output of 20.4 megawatts (MW) and will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of around 10,000 homes annually, or approximately 10% of all the homes in the Rotherham area.

Rick Eggleston, Managing Director of REpower UK, commented:  

“I am delighted to announce the closure of our fifth contract with Banks Renewables, and to continue our long standing relationship with them. The 3.4M104 is the largest onshore wind turbine we supply, and is currently the biggest in the UK. I believe increasing demand for this turbine demonstrates the growing trend towards fewer, larger onshore turbines, as competition for prime sites intensifies.”

Neil Brown, group commercial director at the Banks Group, added: “The high capacity of the turbines we’ve specified will enable the Penny Hill wind farm to make a major contribution to meeting South Yorkshire’s renewable energy generation targets, and we’re very pleased to be strengthening our ongoing relationship with REpower through this latest project.”