Work began on the Lambs Hill wind farm, a four-turbine scheme set up by Banks Renewables, at the beginning of this year and a roster of local sub-contractors are now taking on responsibilities for tasks within their various areas of expertise.
Supporting the main contractor Cheetham Hill Construction is Yarm-based Cliff Addison Drainage Ltd which will manage the land drainage elements of the scheme, alongside County Durham’s Jem Road Construction which is taking charge of surfacing the access roads during construction.
A team from the horticultural services section of Stockton Borough Council is taking on some landscape management work, while two new local jobs have also been created for ground workers on the site, who were taken on through a local employment agency.
Lewis Stokes, community relations manager at The Banks Group, says: “Our long-term policy is to appoint locally-based suppliers around all our projects wherever possible, to ensure that we can maximise our investment in the local economy, and we're pleased to be able to already be working with a number of North East contractors on the Lambs Hill scheme."
Once installed, the Lambs Hill Wind Farm will have a capacity of up to 10MW, and has been designed to deliver a range of economic, employment, social, supply chain and environmental benefits to the local area.
Stokes continued: "Modern, efficient onshore wind farms such as Lambs Hill are acknowledged as providing the lowest cost form of carbon-free renewable energy generation for the UK, and we firmly believe they have a central role to play in the UK’s future energy mix, as well as in generating more of the energy that we all use via renewable means.
"We're very happy to have started work on our latest onshore wind scheme, and are already looking forward to being able to generate clean, green energy from it by the end of the year."