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VESTAS CHOSEN BY WIND PROSPECT

Wind Prospect is buying turbines from Danish Vestas for two sites near Workington in Cumbria. The Siddick wind cluster will have seven 600 kW machines, while the adjacent Oldside site will have nine. Construction has started and the sites are expected to be operational by the end of summer. The £6.8 million projects are being financed and will be owned by UK electricity generator PowerGen plc. Chris Morris at PowerGen says: "As well as representing important additions to PowerGen's portfolio of wind generation plant, the Oldside development will help rejuvenate former industrial land." The sites will be operated on PowerGen's behalf by Bristol based Wind Prospect which is jointly owned by Windcluster, Dutch energy consultancy Energy Connection, and Triodos Bank of the Netherlands -- Europe's leading social bank. According to Wind Prospect the projects have been sized to fit into the scale of the landscape and are situated in semi-industrial areas next to the coast. The company claims this follows the approach adopted at its first site at Haverigg further down the coast -- a joint venture with PowerGen. Plans for a £2 million Energy Interpretation Centre alongside the wind farm at Oldside have outline planning consent.

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