County Durham wind farm begins electricity production

A wind farm has begun producing electricity for homes in east Durham.

The power company E.ON announced on Wednesday that it had finished building the plant, at Haswell Moor.

The five wind turbines are expected to produce enough energy to meet the needs of 5,000 homes each year.

E.ON claims the 350ft (110m) high turbines will help to displace about 11,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions in the area each year.

Richard Couzens, E.ON's construction project manager, said: "We would like to thank the local community for their patience while we transported the large parts needed to build the wind farm over the last few weeks."

Construction is continuing at E.ON's Butterwick Moor wind farm near Sedgefield, County Durham.

The first turbine is expected to to start generating power later this month, and eventually the wind farm will produce power for 11,000 homes.

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