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  First big UK wind farm turned on
Updated 21 November 2003, 21.42
Wind Farm
The first big wind farm in the UK has been switched on to produce power.

Thirty wind turbines standing more than 40m high have been built four to five miles off the north Wales coast.

When its all running properly, the North Hoyle wind farm near Prestatyn will be able to produce enough power for 50,000 homes.

Producing energy by using wind is seen as much more environmentally-friendly than burning fossil fuels, so the farm is supported by environmental groups.

The wind farm cost 70m to build and operate, project operators National Wind Power said.

Electricity from two turbines will enter the National Grid, with the other 28 starting over the next few months.



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