THE first turbine of Little Raith Wind Farm near Lochgelly was installed last week.
All nine turbines at Fife’s first commercial wind farm are expected to be operational by the end of the year. Weather permitting, operators Kennedy Renewables hope to be able to erect one to two turbines per week over the next couple of months.
Once all turbines are erected they will undergo tests and then a trial run before the farm becomes fully operational.
Each turbine will be 125m in height and produce enough electricity to power 14,500 homes each year, the equivalent of powering all homes in Cowdenbeath, Lochgelly, Lumphinnans and Ballingry.
Kennedy Renewables has also committed to contributing £2000 per megawatt to a community benefit fund as part of a package for use on local projects, which could equate to around £50,000 per year, as well as exploring how the wind farm could benefit local educational initiatives.
At the beginning of August, Kennedy Renewables held a series of open days in Auchtertool, Cowdenbeath and Lochgelly to provide an opportunity for members of the communities to receive an update on the construction of the wind farm, and to speak further with representatives from the firm.
Stephen Klein, chief executive officer of Kennedy Renewables, said: ““Everything has been done to ensure the delivery and construction phases of the turbines goes to plan with minimal disruption to the surrounding communities.
“Maintaining an ongoing and open dialogue with the local communities is very much at the heart of our business.
“The feedback received so far suggests residents do not hold any grave reservations about the construction phase of the wind farm, however, we will be ensuring they are updated regularly over the coming weeks.”