Greentech Lead U.K: GE announced it is powering Kennedy
Renewables’ Little Raith Wind Farm project in Fife, Scotland.
Little Raith, powered by GE wind turbines, marks the
culmination of a new relationship between GE and Kennedy Renewables resulting
in an important milestone for Kennedy: the company’s first wind project.
Kennedy Renewables was founded in 2009 by Brian Kennedy. He also is owner
of the U.K.’s Sale Sharks Rugby Club. Little Raith is Kennedy Renewables’ first
project and in a new industry for Brian Kennedy.
Nine advanced technology GE 2.75-megawatt (MW) wind turbines will power Little
Raith, generating electricity to power 15,000 U.K. homes. The project marks the
debut installation of GE’s 2.75-MW platform in the United Kingdom and offers
the flexibility in generator size and overall physical parameters required by
permitting in the U.K. and Ireland.
Located 20 miles from Edinburgh, Little Raith will support the European Union
target for the U.K. to produce 15 percent of its electricity from renewable
sources by 2020. Additionally, the county of Fife has set a goal of reducing
its carbon emissions 25 percent by 2013.
“With Little Raith due to become Fife’s first commercial wind farm and the
2.75-MW units the first to be installed in the U.K., the project could well
become a landmark site for Kennedy renewables, GE and the industry as a whole,”said Bruce Allen, construction director for Wind Prospect.
This year, GE celebrates 10 years in wind energy with 28 gigawatts of installed
capacity and 18,500 wind turbines around the world.