Drumduff wind farm wins Sustainable Development award

  • Posted: 03 Dec 2018

Our iconic Drumduff wind farm near Edinburgh, built on the site of a former open cast coalmine, has won an award for Sustainable Development at this year’s Scottish Renewables Green Energy Awards.

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Constructed by Green Breeze Energy, our joint venture with GreenPower, Drumduff shows how clean, green renewable electricity is literally taking the place of polluting fossil fuels like coal. This film captures the completion and transition from coal mine to wind power, featuring drone footage.

Drumduff wind farm was officially opened by local MSP Alison Johnstone at a community open day in September 2018 where we welcomed over 400 visitors from the surrounding towns and further afield. Three new 2.85MW wind turbines are forecast to generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 5,500 average UK homes each year, more than enough to satisfy the needs of the local community.

The brownfield site has already started to rewild itself as native trees and plants grow and wildlife begins to return. We are hoping to work with the community to help them develop a network of footpaths and cycle tracks; something they have identified as a priority locally.

Drumduff is one of nine renewable energy projects in Scotland that we’re invested in, with an overall generating capacity of 25MW.

“We are absolutely delighted and honoured to win this award for sustainable development. Drumduff is a site we can all be proud of; a bright, hopeful symbol of what our future could be without polluting fossil fuels” Matthew Clayton, MD, Thrive Renewables.

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“The way forward definitely. Gives the community jobs whilst setting up. Gives the community education on renewables, fabulous teaching tool in your back yard. The technology which keeps on giving…” local resident who attended open day.