Swinford Wind Farm
More than 100,000 people travel past this wind farm along the M1 every day.
Swinford Wind Farm is an 11 turbine project located in Leicestershire.
The wind farm has been operating since 2012 with 50% of the spend from construction going to UK companies.
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.
|Electricity capacity||22 MW|
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.
Following thorough research and numerous surveys, Vattenfall has submitted a planning application to Harborough District Council for a 13MW solar farm that will be co-located with Swinford Wind Farm. If planning is granted construction is due to commence in 2021 and the project will share the grid connection already utilised by the wind farm. The red line boundary map below shows the area we are looking at developing.
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.
Parc Cynog co-located wind and solar farm
Vattenfall already has a co-located wind and solar farm at Parc Cynog in Carmarthenshire, South Wales.