Vattenfall’s onshore Ray Wind Farm enters operation

Vattenfall’s onshore Ray Wind Farm in Northumberland is now fully operational. The Swedish energy company’s 54.4MW facility on the Ray Estate, near Kirkwhelpington, is the second wind farm the firm […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Vattenfall’s onshore Ray Wind Farm in Northumberland is now fully operational.

The Swedish energy company’s 54.4MW facility on the Ray Estate, near Kirkwhelpington, is the second wind farm the firm has completed in the UK in recent weeks.

Its 16 wind turbines are expected to produce enough renewable energy every year to meet the equivalent demand of more than 30,000 UK households.

Vattenfall invested £90 million in the project, which entered construction at the end of July 2015.

Gunnar Groebler, Vattenfall’s Head of Business Area Wind, said: “Vattenfall continues to grow its wind business in the UK with Ray Wind Farm now fully operational, just a few weeks after its bigger sister – Pen y Cymoedd – hit the same target.”

He added the firm has been encouraged by cross party support for action to tackle climate change in the UK’s general election and suggested onshore wind would be likely to play a significant role in the transition to a low carbon economy.

Global wind capacity broke the 500GW milestone on Global Wind Day last week.