Heckington wind farm approved
Plans for England's fourth largest onshore wind farm have been given the go-ahead.
Proposals for up to 22 windmills at Heckington Fen in Lincolnshire have been approved by the Government after green energy company Ecotricity said it had 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 50MW.
Ecotricity founder Dale Vince said: "Heckington Fen is a superb location for a wind park, probably the best we've ever seen.
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"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.