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Ten-turbine wind farm fully open
Mablethorpe turbines
Two turbines were completed in the first phase
A major expansion has been made to an onshore wind farm in Lincolnshire.

Eight new turbines, each standing more than 200ft (61m) high, have been added to two existing masts at Mablethorpe.

The farm, owned by energy firm Ecotricity, is expected to be able to generate enough power for the equivalent of 5,000 homes.

The company has an application under consideration for another wind farm - with a planned 20 turbines - at a site about 20 miles away at Fen Farm.

Dale Vince, director of Ecotricity, said: "We supply homes and businesses up and down the country.

House prices

"We are growing all the time and building wind turbines and we take the money our customers spend on electricity and spend it on wind energy."

Andy Hey, from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, felt there would be no lasting damage to house prices in Mablethorpe.

He said new research shows that although plans for wind farms can cause a slump in local property prices, levels are likely to recover once turbines are operating.

"When you actually walk or drive up the east coast you have lots of caravans, you have a gas terminal, you have radio masts - there are lots of large structures of one sort or another.

"I don't see these having any downward effect on house prices and I don't see wind turbines being any different."




SEE ALSO:
Scotland to host record wind farm
03 Nov 04  |  Scotland
Wind posters try to 'boost image'
01 Nov 04  |  Lincolnshire
Turbines to be lifted into place
18 Apr 04  |  London


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