Expansion plans for wind farm at Coldham, near Wisbech

Work has begun this week to prepare for the installation of seven more turbines at a wind farm in the Fens.

The Co-operative group announced last night that the turbines will be installed adjacent to its existing eight turbines at Coldham, near Wisbech.

The new turbines at the 14MW wind farm, called White Mill, will offset 26,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year, the group has said.

Combined with the existing wind farm, a spokesman added the turbines would also generate more than 70GW hours of electricity per year, enough to supply 16,500 homes.

Rob Ellis, the group's sustainable development manager, said groundwork was currently being completed with the installation of the turbines expected to start in spring next year.

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He said: 'We are very pleased to have reached this point where we can now begin work at White Mill.

'We are also delighted to be further increasing the amount of renewable energy we are generating from our very own wind farm and contributing to the target set out in our ethical plan.

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'The development of green energy projects is a major part of our social and community agenda as a Co-operative business.

'Most importantly, we recognise the importance of involving local people at the outset of the project and giving them direct input into all aspects of wind farm schemes.'

Mr Ellis added the new turbines would generate continued support for the local community, with the Co-operative establishing a community trust.

It will also extend the existing environmental education programme for schools based at the wind farm.

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