RWE Innogy UK1 has installed a meteorological mast at Cottam Airfield, near Driffield.
The installation took place last week after a planning application for the mast was approved by East Riding of Yorkshire Council in January.
The mast will be used to measure wind speed, direction and turbulence at the site and will be in place for up to three years.
The data collected will be used, in conjunction with other environmental and technical studies, to determine whether the site is suitable to host a wind farm development.
Neil Parnell, Developer at RWE Innogy UK, said: “The installation of the temporary meteorological mast is an important step in the development of our proposed Cottam Airfield Wind Farm.
“The mast will provide us with valuable data which will help us understand the wind conditions at the site.
“Over the coming months we will be analysing this data and continuing with our extensive studies to determine the site’s suitability to host a wind farm.”
RWE Innogy UK is the UK subsidiary of RWE Innogy and one of the UK’s leading renewable energy developers and operators and are committed to developing and operating renewable energy projects to produce sustainable electricity.
The company operates 22 hydroelectric power schemes, 28 onshore wind farms and two offshore wind farms, including the UK’s first major offshore wind farm, North Hoyle. RWE Innogy UK is currently constructing its first biomass CHP power plant in Scotland, and the 576 megawatt Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm, off the North Wales coast.
From development, to construction and operation, staff in area offices across Wales, Scotland and England work in close partnership with local communities and companies. In 2012, renewable energy sites operated by RWE Innogy UK invested over £1 million into communities across the UK. The investments made by RWE in the UK are creating substantial new job opportunities, developing the supply chain and helping the UK Government achieve the EU target of supplying 30% of electricity from renewables, by 2020.
RWE Innogy UK is a sister company to RWE npower, a leading UK energy company with around 5.4 million customer accounts.
For further information about RWE Innogy UK and RWE Innogy visit www.rweinnogy.com/uk or www.rweinnogy.com
For more information about the proposed Cottam Airfield Wind Farm, including the results of the first phase of public consultation, visit www.rweinnogy.com/cottamairfield