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Chelveston Renewable Energy Park

Wind Turbines and Solar Panels on 27th September 2014

Chelveston Renewable Energy Ltd (CRE Ltd) purchased the former airfield site from Defence Estates in 2005. The following year they held a public exhibition in the Chelveston Village Hall. The original development proposals included 17x 125m high 3MW wind turbines and a Bio-mass energy recovery plant.

CRE Ltd have put forward a number of development proposals since then, some of which have encountered resistance from the local communities. The renewable energy site is operational with a theoretical maximum output of 83.15MW (wind and solar).

Under agreement with the Local Highway Authority, all HGV traffic to and from the site is required to follow a route (known as "Route B") that keeps it away from main residential areas.

Under agreement with the Local Planning Authorities, a number of landscaping schemes to reduce the visual impact of the developments are to be carried out.

Wind Farm

The 25.65MW Wind Farm, consisting of 9x 125m high 2.85MW turbines, became operational on 1st October 2013. The turbines were produced by the General Electric (GE) Power Division and operate at wind speeds between 3 and 25mph. The images below show some of the construction works.

As part of the Wind Farm planning appeal submissions, CRE Ltd entered into a unilateral s106 agreement to provide a Community Benefit Fund for the 4 surrounding parishes (Chelveston-cum-Caldecott, Dean & Shelton, Hargrave and Melchbourne & Yelden) in line with the RenewableUK Community Benefits Protocol.

[Note the protocol was updated to £5k per MW in June 2013. The CRE Ltd scheme operates under the 2011 version, which is £1k per MW].

As part of allowing the appeal, the planning inspector required CRE to demolish a 55m high redundant microwave tower on the site.

Solar Farm

CRE Ltd submitted a number of applications for solar photovoltaic panel farms totalling 57.5MW solar capacity, spread over 107.5ha (approx. 1/3rd of the 305ha site).

According to Tamesol (Spain), the panels used are type TM-P660250 polycrystalline with 60 cells per panel, rated at 15.98% efficiency and a max output of 250W per panel. In total Tamesol supplied more than 65,000 units, from their manufacturing plant in Malaysia, for the first phase of the solar installation.

Images

Camfaud Concrete Pumps Ltd filing foundations on 1st May 2013.

Click on the link to read their article on providing concrete to the site

Root end of a General Electric blade type 487XL (48.7m) on 27th August 2013.

Two 48.7m blades plus a 2.6m hub gives a 100m diameter.

A 2.85MW nacelle being lifted onto the 3 stage tower on 30th August 2013.

Roocroft installed over 4,500 posts for the solar panels between November 2013 and February 2014.

Click on the link to read their article on installing posts on the site.