Windfarm opens in Yorkshire

A £13 million eight turbine windfarm has been officially launched in the Yorkshire Dales, it has been reported.

The opening went ahead despite concerns from rural campaigners and Harrogate Borough Council, according to the BBC.

Located at Knabbs Ridge, just outside Harrogate, the windfarm installed by Npower will have the capacity to provide power to 5,000 homes.

A number of groups including the Yorkshire Dales Society were against the building of a windfarm but objections were overruled by a government planning inquiry.

Speaking before the plans were given the go-ahead, founding member of the Society, Colin Speakman, said the development would have a "devastating impact" on the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales.

Earlier this week, Npower renewables, acquired a 50 per cent stake in Greater Gabbard Offshore Winds Limited from Scottish and Southern Energy.

The development of the wind farm, excluding the connection to the electricity grid, is expected to need an investment of around £1.3 billion.

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