Swinford Wind Farm

Swinford Wind Farm is an 11 turbine onshore project located in Leicestershire.

The wind farm has been operating since 2012 with 50% of the spend from construction going to UK companies.

Areal photo of wind turbines in a green landscape.

Swinford Wind Farm, Leicestershire

Overview of Swinford Wind Farm

During construction, Vattenfall ran a youth project with the Rural Youth Voice Project to involve young people in the development of the project and the community fund.

Key facts

Electricity capacity 22 MW
Turbines 11
Onshore  
Operational 2012
Average annual homes equivalent Over 16,500*

*https://www.renewableuk.com/page/UKWEDExplained 

Community investment

The community fund is run by the Eight Parishes CIC. They administer the annual grant of £44,000 from Vattenfall for the benefit of the local community. Find out more about their work, and some of the projects that have been supported with the funding.

 

Solar@Swinford 

Following a thorough pre-planning and feasibility stage Vattenfall submitted a planning application to Harborough District Council which was approved in May 2020. We are currently working through pre-commencement conditions attached to the permission, with a view to entering a procurement round early in 2021. Construction start date is still yet to be finalised, but could be in quarter three of 2021. The project will share the grid connection already utilised by the wind farm and the red line boundary map below shows the area where the solar farm would be sited.

Wind and solar – how do they complement each other?

Wind and solar energy complement one another well as solar works best in the summer, when wind energy output tends to be lower, and in the winter when solar energy is very low, wind is usually generating at its highest levels. The majority of the infrastructure is also in place, including the grid connection and access tracks. The solar farm could power up to 3325* homes per annum, based on a UK average consumption.

(*The solar farm is expected to produce approximately 12,500 MWh/year. The average domestic consumption in England based upon the latest data, is 3,760 kWh per annum (BEIS, 2017), therefore the solar farm is expected to provide sufficient electricity to power up to 3325 homes.)

Red line boundary map

This red line boundary map shows the area we are looking at developing.

Contact

Winter rock scene
Peter Bartlett
Onshore Operations and Maintenance Manager South

See also

Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm during construction

The wind industry is expected to generate thousands of skilled jobs across the UK.

EOWDC Scientific Research

At our wind farms a year round programme of environmental monitoring takes place.

We invest over £2.5mn into the local communities hosting our wind farm projects each year.