The Mid Hill Wind Farm is located mainly on forestry land in Fetteresso Forest south west of Aberdeen. Construction of the 25 Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbine generators started late 2012 and was completed in 2014 giving a total capacity of 57.5 MW. The rotor diameter is 93 m and the height of the towers are 78.5m.
Mid Hill II Wind Farm was consented on 25 October 2013. This extension is planned to be constructed alongside Mid Hill I. The Mid Hill II wind farm is planned to have 8 Siemens 2.3 MW turbines.
In addition to the wind turbines the site will have a metering and transformer building, operations centre, underground cables, temporary construction compound, access and site tracks and associated infrastructure.
The wind farm electricity output will be metered at site then exported to an offsite substation via a 33kV underground cable.
The power is sold under a long term PPA power purchase contracts with Statkraft. Mid Hill I is able to provide electricity generation equivalent to the consumption of 31,000 homes on an annual average basis.
The turbines will be maintained under a contract with Siemens. Each turbine is monitored 24 hours a day seven days a week and any maintenance are carried out by specially trained and qualified technicians. As well as maintaining the turbines for safety and energy production the on-site team are responsible for monitoring the local ecology such as water tables, stream water quality and maintaining the natural plant and animal life around the wind farm.
Whilst we build and operate wind farms we also focus on reducing the impact on local communities and the area's ecology. There will be a Community Benefit Fund established as part of its ongoing commitments to communities in the vicinity of the wind farm. The purpose of the fund is to enable communities to carry out improvements to their local area in ways which benefit the local environment, local amenities or tourism. Each year the wind farm allocates an amount of money to the community council, which administers its disbursement to the community.