Tow Law

United Kingdom

Tow Law wind farm is situated close to the former mining village of Tow Law in County Durham, which is famously mentioned in the first line of the Mark Knopfler song, Hill Farmer’s Blues.

Installed Capacity


No. of turbines


Turbine type

Nordex N50

Hub height


Blade length


Expected P50 energy yield


Annual house-hold power equivalent

2,004 homes*

The wind farm is just 1 mile north east of the town centre on the B6301 and is built on an area of open cast land that’s been restored to a mix of heathland and agriculture.

Tow Law’s 3 turbines, which came into service in December 2001, are rated at 770kW, giving the site an installed capacity of 2.31MW with the ability to generate enough energy to power 2,004 homes*.

Benefiting local communities

The wind farm serves the local community around the village of Tow Law which has a population of around 2138.

Any questions relating to this wind farm should be directed to:

*Based on the Installed Capacity x Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) "all wind" load factor expressed as a fraction of 1^ x number of hours in a year (8,760 hours) / Average Annual Domestic Electricity Consumption (MWh)^^

^DESNZ's long-term average (5-years, 2018-2022) load factor for "all wind" (32.08%) expressed as a fraction of 1 (0.3208). Source for capacity factors is Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics (DUKES) published annually by DESNZ.

^^Annual GB Average Domestic Consumption Values from DESNZ (3,239kWh).

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