Swinford Wind Farm
In 2009, Swinford Wind Farm was consented by the Secretary of State. It is an 11 turbine project in Leicestershire. The project became operational in November 2012 following a year long construction process.
- Location: Leicestershire, see map (new window )
- No of turbines: 11
- Turbine details: 2 MW (megawatt) turbines, 125 metres to the tip of the blades
- Maximumn installed capacity: 22 MW (megawatts)
- Current status: Operational
During the construction process all civil and electrical works were carried out by UK companies and the turbine towers were manufactured by Mabey Bridge in Chepstow.
In addition to the lower carbon renewable energy now being produced at Swinford, other benefits to the local environment through the project include the improvement and creation of new habitats for wildlife, notably great crested newts.
Visit the Swinford Blog to find more information about the construction of Swinford Wind Farm and our work going forwards:
www.vattenfall.co.uk/swinfordwindfarm (new window)
Working with young people
Getting young people involved with the project was an important part of our work in the area.
Working with the Rural Youth Voice Project, Vattenfall embarked on a tour of local schools and villages in the “Chill Out Bus” and established the Youth Focus Group to give young people in the area a chance to have their ideas for the Community Fund heard. The group came to site during the construction of the wind farm to see the turbine components up close and to learn more about renewable energy.
Weather and climate change were the themes for a flag competition that local schools participated in. The winning children were lucky enough to see their flags and a giant nacelle being delivered during a visit to the wind farm during construction.
Educational site visits with local schools and groups will continue now that the wind farm is operational.
Working with the local community
Vattenfall is committed to providing a Community Fund to the communities hosting the wind farm. The fund is worth £44,000 annually (index linked), and will be provided for the 25 year life of the project. A Community Interest Company has been set up to administer the fund and local residents will be invited to share their ideas and apply for funding.
Download Swinford Community Fund Application Form
(PDF 80 kB)