England's fourth largest wind farm approved

8 February 2013
By Sofia Mitra-Thakur
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Plans for up to 22 windmills at Heckington Fen have been given the go ahead

Plans for up to 22 windmills at Heckington Fen have been given the go ahead

Plans for England's fourth largest onshore wind farm have been given government go-ahead.

Proposals for up to 22 windmills at Heckington Fen in Lincolnshire have been approved after green energy company Ecotricity said it spent four years researching, planning and in consultation to gain approval for its largest wind park to date.

The company said the new site will produce enough green electricity each year to power almost 40,000 homes and will have a generating capacity above 66MW.

Ecotricity founder Dale Vince said: "Heckington Fen is a superb location for a wind park, probably the best we've ever seen.

"The planning department from North Kesteven District Council recommended the application for approval and we had no objections from any of the statutory consultee's such as English Heritage, RSPB or Natural England.

"That's quite rare and a sign of what a strong project this is.

"Heck Fen will make a significant contribution to Britain's energy supply, powering the equivalent of almost 40,000 homes for the next 25 years and will reduce our dependence on imported fossil fuels, which are the primary source of Britain's carbon emissions."

Heckington Fen Wind Park will generate up to 66MW of clean energy, saving almost 60,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere each year.

"Harnessing Britain’s wind energy is the only way that we, as a nation, can break the cycle of endlessly increasing energy bills – where price rises are driven by the global energy markets," Vince added.

"It need not be this way, Britain has enough of its own renewable energy sources, the wind, the sun and the sea, to become energy independent once more."

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