First wind turbine on Defence estate installed in South East!
The first grid-connected wind turbine to be installed on the Defence estate is up and running at the Duke of York’s Royal Military School near Dover.
The wind turbine, installed by PriDE, will provide the school with a long-term sustainable electricity supply. It also creates an educational tool for the school’s pupils to learn more about carbon reduction technologies and renewable energy.
Over its installed life, the turbine is expected to generate about 269,000 kWh of ‘green’ energy for the school and to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by over 145 tonnes. Additionally, the wind turbine will result in cost savings of around £27,000.
The turbine is a three-bladed, Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine (HAWT) with a 5.4 metre diameter rotor mounted on a freestanding tower, 15 metres high.
Prior to its installation, the collaborative safeguarding team investigated the proposed site of the turbine and confirmed it did not adversely affect any MOD operations. The planning application was lodged with the Local Council in August 2008.
The project was funded by the Army HQ (Land Forces) together with a 50% grant towards the installation costs from the Low Carbon Buildings Programme (LCBP).