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First Wind Turbine Completed in North East Lincolnshire

Construction has been completed on North East Lincolnshire’s first 500kW wind turbine which has been erected on a farm close to Grimsby.

500kW wind turbine being completed

500kW wind turbine

The turbine, which stands 50 metres from ground to hub and has a 54 metre rotor diameter, has been built by farmers and property developers M F Strawson Ltd in Great Coates. The turbine will provide a long term energy solution (20 years) to the business.

The construction of the turbine is part of the farmers’ commitment to produce energy from renewable sources. Great attention to detail was given as part of the feasibility, planning, and construction process to minimise the impact on local residents and businesses.

Paul Strawson, director of M F Strawson Ltd comments “We are a traditional farm business that has been established in the region for around 70 years. We wanted to secure our long term energy production at a time when future energy resources are looking increasingly uncertain. We received very few objections to the project which allowed us to push ahead with the development and reduce our carbon footprint.”

Chartered surveyors and renewable energy consultants Fisher German dealt with the stakeholder consultation, planning and turbine procurement process.

Darren Edwards, partner at the firm, comments “We faced many development challenges along the way due primarily to this being a groundbreaking project within North East Lincolnshire. I am delighted to have worked with M F Strawson Ltd on this project and to have enhanced their green credentials as a longstanding business in the area.”

M F Strawson Ltd is a family owned business integrating traditional farming and land management with property development. It is run by the two brothers from the farm offices at Pyewipe Farm and was formed over 70 years ago by their grandfather. The company farms and concentrates its activities in the East Midlands area and has completed a number of development schemes across the region. The wind turbine has been chosen to offset the electricity use of both the farming and property development businesses.

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