Works starts to install 100m uni turbine

The wind turbine under construction.
The wind turbine under construction.
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After months of preparation, Lancaster University’s wind turbine has arrived and work is now under way to erect the 100 metre turbine on its Hazelrigg site.

The university was granted planning permission in 2011 to construct the turbine, which it says will lower carbon emission in the area and provide approximately 11-17 per cent (depending on long term average wind speed and site consumption) of the university’s energy requirements.

The turbine site has been prepared by Lancaster company Askam Construction.

The wind turbine has been manufactured by Germany-based wind turbine specialists, Enercon.

It will be the 300th turbine they have produced.

Lancaster University’s Vice Chancellor, Mark E. Smith, said: “The university takes its duty to be a responsible employer very seriously and this includes treading as lightly as possible on the environment.

“The wind turbine is just one of a whole package of carbon saving and environmentally positive projects that we are introducing, the combined effect of which will be to improve energy efficiency and getting staff and students thinking about ways that they can contribute to carbon reduction.”

The turbine will be tested over the next few weeks and is expected to be fully operational from November. The university will be launching a community benefits package in the next few weeks to support local community environmental projects.

The £5million wind turbine project is backed by a loan from the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s Transformational Fund which was made available specifically for higher education institutions across England to radically transform their approaches to energy consumption and reducing emissions.

The university was one of only three out of the 37 applicants to gain such support.