wind farm build to get under way

May 20, 2012 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

Carsington Water projected viewThe Peak District National Park Authority originally opposed the plans for the wind turbines.

Work on a wind farm overlooking a reservoir in Derbyshire is set to start, an energy company has confirmed.

The four, 102m (335ft) wind turbines will be built on land near Carsington Water.

Carsington Wind Energy, the group behind the project, said work would begin in the week beginning 21 May and take about six months to complete.

The Peak District National Park Authority lost a High Court appeal against the wind farm plan in 2009.

Karen Elliott, planning manager of West Coast Energy, the parent company of Carsington Wind Energy, said: “We are very pleased that the wind farm is commencing construction and we look forward to delivering the benefits of the development to the local community.”

Carsington Wind Energy said the turbines would generate about 26,280mwh of electricity each year, enough to power about 5,591 homes.

The Peak District National Park Authority appealed against the decision, claiming the wind farm would have “a major impact on the landscape”.

A series of “local liaison” meetings will be held throughout the construction period to keep nearby residents informed about the project.

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