Firm’s four onshore wind farms could power Wakefield

OnPath Energy said its four Yorkshire wind farms provided sufficient electricity in the last 12 months to meet Wakefield’s annual residential electricity needs.

The four farms – Penny Hill near Sheffield,  Hook Moor near Leeds, Marr near Doncaster and Hazlehead near Barnsley – generated 90,000MWh of electricity in the 12 months to the end of September. That’s enough to power 33.400 homes, OnPath said.

The carbon dioxide emissions saved is the equivalent to taking 10,600 petrol cars off the road, the firm added.

The six-turbine Penny Hill Wind Farm led the way by generating more than 33,500 MWh over the 12 months, with the five-turbine Hook Moor Wind Farm producing over 24,800 MWh during the same period. The four-turbine Marr and three-turbine Hazlehead wind farms generated over 16,600 MWh and 15,000 MWh of green electricity respectively.

The four schemes also delivered combined revenues of over £61,200 during the year for their respective community benefits funds, which provide financial support for local projects being undertaken by groups and good causes in the communities surrounding them.

OnPath currently operates 11 onshore wind farms across Scotland and northern England, and is working towards deploying further renewable energy technologies at a number of new sites, including at the Barnsdale Solar Energy Park to the east of Leeds and the Common Farm Solar Energy Park at Dinnington near Sheffield.

The company rebranded as OnPath Energy after its acquisition last year by Brookfield Asset Management, and continues to be led by the existing management team.

Chief executive Richard Dunkley said, “Our four Yorkshire onshore wind farms have all been operating successfully and efficiently for many years and are continuing to generate considerable amounts of renewable electricity for use in our homes, school, hospitals and businesses.

“Alongside this, our wind farms also make a significant contribution to enhancing the facilities and support available to people and organisations in their respective communities, and we’re very much committed to maintaining this contribution over the long term.

“The new OnPath Energy name captures the journey towards Net Zero that we’re taking together with our customers, business partners, landowners and local communities, and shows our ambition to make a substantial contribution towards creating a just transition to Net Zero that is fair and inclusive for everyone.

“Our success to date has been achieved through creating and maintaining valued, long-term relationships with all our stakeholders and conducting ourselves with professionalism and integrity in all that we do, and this approach will remain at the core of the OnPath team’s way of working.”

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