Operational

Penny Hill Wind Farm

Generating renewable energy since 2013.

Penny Hill Wind Farm provides renewable electricity to power more than 12,000 homes each year.

Located just east of Sheffield, the wind farm also provides more than £22,900 in grants for the local communities each year.

Key Facts

Penny Hill Wind Farm

At OnPath Energy, we’re powering a more sustainable future through renewable energy. Our projects, like Penny Hill Wind Farm, inspire and enable communities, businesses, and landowners to embrace a just transition to net zero. 

  • Electricity generation capacity: Up to 20MW 
  • Postcode of nearby property: S26 3YA
  • Number of turbines: 6
  • Tip height: 132m
  • Local Planning Authority: Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Lifespan: 40 years in operation plus two years for construction and decommissioning
  • Operational since: June 2013

Community benefits

Creating value together with communities

We establish community funds for every OnPath renewables project to ensure that the benefits are channelled back into the local community. The Penny Hill Wind Farm Community Fund currently receives £22,905.12 each year from the wind farm. Grants are awarded to local voluntary organisations, community groups and environmental projects.

The fund is managed by a Committee made up of members from the local parish councils as well as the district and county councillors. This helps ensure the funding is channelled to causes and activities important to the local communities.

The Committee agrees how and where grants are awarded based on a range of criteria and the information received in the funding application.

Projects from the parishes of parishes of Aston, Thurcroft, Treeton, Ulley and Whiston are eligible for funding. Projects from outside of these areas may also be consider if they will benefit people in the local parishes.

Applying for a grant

If you would like to apply for a grant from the Penny Hill Wind Farm Community Fund, please first contact our fund manager before applying for a grant.
Tel 0191 378 6342 
Email fundmanager@bankscommunityfund.co.uk

You can then apply for a grant via the County Durham Community Foundation (CDCF) website.

Lifespan extension

Playing our part in the net zero transition

At OnPath, we are committed to regular maintenance and servicing on our wind farms to maximise the efficiency, operational performance and environmental, social and economic benefits of our projects. 

In 2023, a planning permission to extend the lifespan of the fifteen-turbine site at Penny Hill to a maximum of 40 years plus two years for construction and decommissioning was approved by Rotherham Council. This will enable Penny Hill Wind Farm to supply thousands more megawatts of clean energy to the grid under existing operational conditions.

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