Lower Melville Wood Landfill site, by Ladybank, has had a single 500 kW turbine erected. We hope to have this turbine generating soon, we’re just waiting to be linked to the National Grid.

Wind Turbine at Lower Melville Wood- Fact Sheet 

Why

Energy Strategy – emission reduction, reduced energy costs, generate income. Council facing budget shortfall of £77million.

Size

500kW

Hub height

50m

Swept Diameter

1,962.50m

Height to blade tip

75m

Wind speed

5.12m/s

Virtual met mast analysis from Met Office gives a robust conservative estimate of wind speed for the 20 year operational period.

Output

 

600,000 kWh/year

Met Office VMM used with turbine manufacturer’s data to get output. Manufacturers have to produce data using approved methods. This is a conservative estimate.

187.5 houses

Based on OFGEM 3200kWh/annum for medium electricity use house.

Carbon

290 tonnes CO2e

Emission reduction based on DER conversion factor for electricity 2014   0.49426kg/kWh

Planning

EIA & Pre-application

Planning consent received.

Ecology

Bats – surveys carried out

The levels of bat activity near to the location of the proposed turbine were found to be negligible for three species of low risk bats and at low levels for one species.  As a consequence any potential effects on the conservation status of local bat populations, due to mortality associated with the proposed turbine, are likely to be negligible and not significant.

Due to the above no mitigation is deemed necessary in this instance

Noise

Noise assessment

Noise limits drawn up by Institute of Acoustics adopted by Public Protection.

Consultants produced a computer generated model (contour map) of predicted noise levels, based on the turbine proposed. This showed that predicted levels at nearest houses & schools are within allowed limits.

Visual

LVIA – Landscape Visual Impact Assessment

Planning Application contains statement by consultant on visual impact as well as presenting photomontages from a number of viewpoints considered representative. More were requested by the planning committee and have subsequently been provided.

Cost

Turbine Estimate of £1.3m

Capital cost, inclusive of external project management support.

Erected

December 2015

Planning permission granted January 2014.

 

Site-works

Temporary

Access track and crane pad, fencing around construction area. Will be removed as far as is possible and area reinstated once turbine up.

Site-works

Permanent

Foundations, turbine, cabling, substation for connection to grid (may be elsewhere on site). Crane pad for maintenance. Planning conditions usually require removal of part (above ground) or all of installation after 25 years, or at end of life, whichever is earlier, and reinstatement. No fence, not required.

Maintenance

Inspection twice a year. Annual service. Inspection and servicing may require access by lighter weight lifting gear.