Towering turbines get off the ground in South Yorkshire

The first turbine is installed at Ulley.
The first turbine is installed at Ulley.
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THE first of six towering 132m wind turbines has been hoisted into position above the South Yorkshire countryside.

Work is taking place at Penny Hill, Ulley, between Sheffield and Rotherham, in a £21.9 million scheme by Barlborough-based Banks Renewables.

Ulley Wind Farm: two massive cranes are used to lift the first of the four sections that make up the tower into place.

Ulley Wind Farm: two massive cranes are used to lift the first of the four sections that make up the tower into place.

The project caused controversy among surrounding residents, who formed a protest group called Ulley Wind Farm Action Group and fought against the plans.

Deliveries of turbine components for the Penny Hill wind farm have been taking place since the beginning of February and almost all components are now on site.

They include blades, turbine tower sections, hubs and nacelles, which are the housings placed at the top of the turbine that contains the generator and gearbox.

Two massive cranes were used to lift the four sections of the first turbine into place and work is in progress on the second – both are set to be in use at the end of the month. The other four turbines are due to be completed later in the spring.

Phil Dyke, Banks development director, said: “The wind farm is already making a positive contribution to the area in several different ways, including 30 jobs, supply chain support and the Warm Zone scheme to make homes more energy efficient.”

Penny Hill is Banks’ third wind farm in South Yorkshire, following developments at Marr and Hazlehead, near Doncaster and Barnsley.

As part of the scheme Banks, has set up a fund worth about £20,000 a year – £500,000 across the 25-year lifespan of the wind farm. The money will be available for community and environmental improvements in the area.

Residents in Ulley had objected to the wind farm due to worries about noise and interference with TV reception.

Banks has set up an email alert service to warn residents of dates when traffic disruption is expected due to deliveries. Email pennyhill@banksgroup.co.uk to sign up.