ROOS WIND FARM
Welcome to Roos Wind Farm, a nine turbine scheme situated in the East Riding of Yorkshire and capable of generating sufficient renewable electricity to meet the average needs of around 14,800 homes.
10 FEBRUARY 2014:
TAKING SAFETY TO HART
The regional Hazardous Area Rescue Team (HART) will be visiting Roos Wind Farm during the morning of Friday 14 February to familiarise themselves with the site layout and assess emergency response requirements. This assessment is a normal part of the health and safety arrangements we put in place at our wind farms and there is no cause for concern..
31 OCTOBER 2013:
MET MAST REMOVED
The meteorological mast at Roos Wind Farm was decommissioned on Thursday 31 October 2013. The mast had been used to collect wind data to enable RES to check that the nine turbines on the site were performing as predicted. Having done its job, the met mast has been removed.
25 JULY 2013:
WIND LEADS THE WAY AS ELECTRICITY FROM RENEWABLES INCREASES
Government figures released today in the annual Digest of UK Energy Statistics show that electricity production from renewable energy sources in 2012 was up by almost 20% on the previous year and accounted for over 11% of all electricity generated in the year. Electricity generation from onshore wind increased by 17%.
16 JULY 2013:
PEOPLE URGE GOVERNMENT TO BACK RENEWABLES
An authoritative new study from Cardiff University has revealed people's positive attitudes towards renewable energy. The study, conducted over two and a half years and involving 2,441 participants, highlighted the fact that a massive 82% of people say that they are worried about the country becoming dependent on energy from other countries. A similar figure (79%) wants to see reduction in fossil fuel use in the next few decades.
People said that they still backed renewable power even if the costs were significantly higher, and they wanted to move away from fossil fuels even if they were cheaper as they are a finite resource. The research also highlighted a massive 75% of the population were in favour of wind energy specifically.
More details on the Cardiff University study can be found here:
19 February 2013: ROADWORKS ON WINESTEAD LANE COMPLETED
RES has successfully completed reinstatement works along Winestead Lane, which were agreed with East Riding of Yorkshire Council. The works have restored or improved the condition of the road surface of Winestead Lane, which had formed part of the designated delivery route to Roos Wind Farm.
6 December 2012: FIRST RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY GENERATED AT ROOS
Roos Wind Farm generated its first renewable electricity on Thursday 6 December 2012. The electricity flowed as the fully erected turbines were allowed to turn for the first time. A comprehensive programme of testing and commissioning now follows in order to bring all nine turbines on-line. The wind farm is on schedule to be completed and moved into full operation in Spring 2013.
16 November 2012: ROOS RISING - T1 IS UP!
Roos Wind Farm has seen some exciting progress this week with the erection of the first of nine turbines.
T1 was completed on Thursday 15th November after a few days of high wind. The bottom tower sections for 7 of the turbines are now standing and most of the components for these have been received on site. The remaining mid and top tower sections will be delivered as each turbine is scheduled to be erected. The two turbines furthest into the site will be constructed last in the programme. More information regarding turbine deliveries can be found here.
If the weather holds, all nine turbines should be up by Christmas. Keep an eye on the website for more photos.
2 November 2012: FIRST TURBINE COMPONENTS ARRIVE AT ROOS WIND FARM
Roos Wind Farm took delivery of its first turbine components on 26 October. Components will continue to arrive at the site over the next few weeks, to a schedule that will minimise disruption to other road users.
Alison Jones, RES Community Relations Manager, commented: "The first delivery is always a very exciting time and we are delighted that the components arrived safely on site exactly as planned. The tower bases will be installed at each turbine location prior to us beginning the erection of the turbines in earnest. We expect the first turbine to be completed in mid November."
Weather permitting, RES anticipates that all nine turbines at Roos Wind Farm will be erected by mid December. A period of testing and commissioning will then follow before the wind farm can begin generating clean, green renewable energy for up to 14,000 homes in 2013.
8 October 2012: TURBINE DELIVERY TO COMMENCE FROM 15 OCTOBER
Work at Roos Wind Farm is progressing well. The next major event will be the delivery of the wind turbines. The components will begin to arrive on site from the week commencing 15th October 2012 and will continue for a period of approximately eight weeks.
The turbines, manufactured by Vestas, will be transported in sections (blades, three tower sections, hubs and nacelles*) using specially designed heavy goods vehicles. There will be one convoy per day, consisting of between two and a maximum of five vehicles per convoy. The convoys will depart from Hull Docks and arrive on site approximately 1.5 hours later. The deliveries have been scheduled to avoid rush hour traffic and will take place Monday to Friday, with an occasional delivery on Saturday.
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*the nacelle is the boxlike structure at the top of the tower that houses the gearbox and generator.
1 August 2012: CONSTRUCTION WORKS ON 11 JUNE 2012
Further to a number of queries that we've received with regard to clarification of works undertaken on Roos Wind Farm construction site on the 11th of June 2012, we would like to advise the following:
"RES can confirm that out of hours work was required at Roos Wind Farm construction site on Tuesday 11 June 2012. The works resulted from the need to remove concrete which did not meet our quality standards from one of the turbine foundations, and involved the assistance of the Fire Brigade to pump this concrete out. As this work was essential to ensure no damage occurred to the surrounding environment, the work was allowed under the planning conditions agreed with East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
Normal construction activities commenced on Wednesday 12 June, and there have been no changes to any of the turbine locations. All working hours at Roos Wind Farm are, and will continue to be, in line with the relevant planning conditions agreed with the Council."
RES is happy to speak directly to any local residents who have any questions or concerns over the construction of Roos Wind Farm, and any queries should be directed to our Community Relations Manager Alison Jones, on 01923 299328.
26 July 2012: ROOS CONSTRUCTION UPDATE DELIVERED TO RESIDENTS
Today over 3,500 homes closest to the wind farm would have received an update on progress with regard to foundation work, drilling, drainage and traffic. Click here (PDF, 1.1MB) to download.
13 July 2012: APPLY NOW FOR TREE PLANTING GRANTS
HEYwoods Partnership, East Yorkshire's woodland initiative, are now accepting applications for a £15,000 grant, the funding for which is being made available by EYRC using funds provided by RES as par tof our S106 Agreement, for new tree, woodland and hedgerow planting near Roos Wind Farm.
HEYwoods manager Stephen Robinson said: "The grant project offers an ideal opportunity for significant levels of environmental enhancement work in south Holderness. We hope that individuals, landowners and local groups from around this area will take advantage of the opportunity to submit grant applications for new tree, woodland and hedgerow planting work in their local area".
Proposals are being accepted from landowners and organisations for projects within about 5km of the Roos Wind Farm site.
All proposals must be submitted by Friday, August 31. For more information about the application process and guidance on the types of projects that could be supported, call 01482 393726.
HEYwoods have already had plenty of expressions of interest in the fund, both from private landowners and Parish Councils in the area. A grant panel will be convened in September to consider grant applications received and successful projects should begin during November-March 2012/13.
16 May 2012: PAVING THE WAY TO GREENER ENERGY
Track laying at Roos Wind Farm completed this week - literally paving the way for work on the turbine foundations to begin. Other works on site are also progressing well: drainage works are ongoing, the substation is being built and excavation for the foundations at the first three turbine locations is well underway.
Gary Scrowther, RES Construction Site Manager, commented: "We're very pleased with the progress to date. Completion of the tracks means we are now over the peak period for materials deliveries to the site, although we will continue to take regular deliveries of concrete and stone over the coming weeks for construction of the turbine foundations."
In agreement with East Riding of Yorkshire Council's Highways team, RES will make repairs to a stretch of Winestead Lane where the road surface has deteriorated over time.
If progress on site continues to the current schedule, Roos Wind Farm could be generating clean, green electricity by summer 2013.
February 2012: RESIDENTS TASTE THE BENEFIT OF COMMUNITY SUPPORT FROM RES
Eastfield Estate and Pilmar Lane Residents Association is one of the first community projects to benefit from the Pre-Construction Fund set up by RES, the developer behind Roos Wind Farm. RES has pledged £10,000 over two years to support good causes within Roos parish boundaries, in advance of a £36,000 per year Community Benefit Fund becoming available once the wind farm is operational.
The Residents Association applied to the fund for help to buy a professional standard cooker. Their application was successful and the new cooker has been providing hot and healthy meals to the residents for the last couple of months.
Norma Foster, Treasurer of the Residents Association, explains:
"Our community centre provides the tenants of Pilmar Lane and Eastfield Estate with a place to meet and partake in a variety of programmed activities, but the catering facilities we used to have were minimal to say the least. Prior to receiving the support from RES, we only had a microwave so our chef, Charlie Thompson, used to cook the food in his own kitchen. Then, with help from neighbour Alan Forward, the food would be taken across to the community centre. Some residents would have a meal delivered to their home, but all the others would have their meal in the centre.
"I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that the introduction of the cooker has transformed the centre. We can accommodate up to 24 residents dining at one time, so the place is a buzz of activity. We can't thank RES enough for helping us to improve the support we can offer to our community."
The Residents Association invited RES to come and sample the benefits of the new cooker for themselves, so on Tuesday 14th February 2012, three company representatives joined residents for lunch. Gary Scrowther, Site Manager, Harry Smith, Assistant Site Manager, and Samantha Mayes, Community Relations Co-ordinator, were treated to a generous portion of roast beef and Yorkshire pudding alongside regular users of the community centre.
Commenting on behalf of RES, Harry Smith says:
"We were honoured to be invited to join the Residents Association for their fortnightly luncheon and would like to thank them for the warm welcome we received. The new cooker looked splendid in full operation in the kitchen and the hardworking chef and volunteers prepared and served a delicious meal to the room full of people.
"RES is delighted that the contribution from the Pre-Construction Fund has provided a direct and tangible benefit to the community near Roos Wind Farm. We hope more local organisations will be encouraged by their example and consider applying for support in future."
RES representatives Harry Smith (left) and Gary Scrowther (right) with Roos Residents at their fortnightly luncheon
January 2012: PRE-CONSTRUCTION NEWSLETTER ISSUED
Over 3,500 homes received the first of a series of newsletters from RES designed to keep the local community informed throughout the construction of Roos Wind Farm.
Click here to download (PDF)
December 2011: WINESTEAD LANE ROAD WORKS COMPLETED
The essential improvement works to areas of Winestead Lane on the approach to Roos Wind Farm have been completed. RES would like to thank local residents for their patience and understanding while the roadworks were under way. With the site entrance and approach route completed, work is due to begin on-site early in the New Year.
ACTION FOR RENEWABLES PANORAMA REBUTTAL
Action for Renewables has produced a video rebutting the claims made in the BBC's recent Panorama programme "What's fuelling energy price rises?". The video is presented by the Chair of A4R, Tony Juniper, and can be found below:
RES is pleased to announce that planning consent has been awarded to Roos wind farm, following an appeal and public inquiry. Click here to download the press release (PDF).
RES has submitted an appeal against East Riding of Yorkshire Council's decision to turn down the planning application. Click here to download the press release (PDF).
East Riding of Yorkshire Council planning committee votes to defer making a decision on the wind farm for now. Click here to download the press release (PDF).
Newsletter distributed to over 3,500 homes in the area. Click here to download (PDF).
RES announces submission of new planning application for Roos wind farm. Click here to download the press release (PDF).