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Last Updated: Thursday, 19 April 2007, 08:56 GMT 09:56 UK
Lotus plans 'green' power supply
Lotus Exige
Lotus has been based in Hethel, Norfolk, since 1966
A car manufacturing plant plans to become self-sufficient in energy by building a wind farm on its site.

Lotus cars, at Hethel in Norfolk, has applied for planning permission for three turbines in partnership with Ecotricity, also based in the county.

Lotus said the aim was to "minimise its carbon emissions and become genuinely green in its energy supply" as well as supplying local homes and the Grid.

The application has been submitted to South Norfolk District Council.

Dale Vince, founder of Ecotricity, said: "I'm delighted Lotus is taking its responsibility to the environment so seriously.

"There are many myths about what it takes for a business to become truly green, and the Lotus wind turbine project will be an important example for other organisations.

"The company won't be spending any additional money on its energy supply but will have peace of mind knowing that it's part of a growing movement to redress climate change."

Mike Kimberley, chief executive at Group Lotus plc, said: "Lotus is globally recognised as a pioneer in vehicle technology and is now working worldwide in environmental and green transport research.

"By sourcing our electricity needs for our Hethel headquarters in Norfolk from these wind turbines, we can contribute to reducing our corporate carbon dioxide emissions dramatically."

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