This open terrain site is located on a disused World War II airfield located approximately 2km inland from the north coast of Aberdeenshire between Portsoy and Banff. The terrain is flat, well drained and the majority of the airfield runways and access tracks remain intact, providing excellent access on the site. Access to the site is also very good and this is via the existing access road off the A98.
The wind resource at the site has been monitored since January 2002 and all the site design and environmental assessment work has been completed and was submitted to Aberdeenshire Council on the 24th June 2003. Planning permission was granted on 23rd July 2004 and the wind farm was built and commissioned in April 2006.
The eight turbine project at Boyndie airfield, which is owned by Falck Renewables Wind Ltd, is the first scheme in the portfolio to obtain a green light and was approved in January 2004 by Aberdeenshire Council’s Banff and Buchan Area Committee. Work on the Boyndie wind farm started in June 2005 and represents an investment of £10-15 million. The 2MW Enercon turbines generate enough clean, green energy to supply around 8,500 homes and stand at a height of 100m to tip. Local firm Morrisons have built the wind farm in conjunction with Enercon.
Each of the eight turbines have a hub height of 65 metres, rotor diameter 71m and the rotor speed of up to 21.5rpm.
The Boyndie Co-op purchased its share in the project on the 1st September 2006.
By producing power from wind instead of fossil fuels, Boyndie Wind Farm will save the emission of carbon dioxide each year.
The electricity produced by the farm flows through underground cables to a sub-station located on the site. From the sub-station the electricity feeds into an existing electricity line for distribution to consumers in the area without the need for any new overhead lines.
The electricity is sold through a Power Purchase Agreement.