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Wind farm 'will inject pounds 1.8m into local economy'.

BUILDING a controversial wind farm will inject pounds 1.8m into the North East economy, an energy company claims.

Kiln Pit Hill wind farm, near the Northumberland-Durham border, is expected to be generating clean electricity by the autumn.

RWE npower renewables announced that contracts secured by local firms are worth in the region of pounds 1.5m to the local economy and, once the wind farm becomes fully operational, a further pounds 375,000 will be invested into local community projects and organisations.

In total, 18 local businesses have secured contracts to undertake construction activities to help build the six turbine wind farm near Kiln Pit Hill, including cable installation, security services, building the substation, plant and material suppliers, joinery and concreting, and dry stone walling.

Kim Gascoigne, Senior Project Procurement Manager from RWE npower renewables said: "The construction of the Kiln Pit Hill wind farm has allowed us to inject money into the local economy, providing an immediate economic stimulus and also provide new job opportunities."

Residents had protested that the 100m turbines would cause flickering and shadows in their homes, but Northumberland County Council approved the wind farm.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 31, 2012
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