The first project under National Wind Power's WindWorks scheme has been given the green light in County Durham. WindWorks was launched by NWP in August 2001 to develop small locally led projects. It provides landowners with guidance and support to take small schemes through planning at no cost to the landowner. The application for the project near Seaham was made by two farmers. It comprises two 1.3 MW wind turbines at High Sharpley and South Sharpley Farms. Michael Eggleston of High Sharpley Farm explains that when the WindWorks scheme was launched he saw it as a good opportunity to use the wind resource of his land. "Many farmers have been hit hard by the recent crises in farming and an income from a few wind turbines will be extremely helpful in helping to keep farms viable." Now the project has consent, NWP will finance, construct, operate and maintain the turbines, while the farmers receive an ongoing income stream from the project. According to NWP, farmers across the country have expressed a lot of interest in its WindWorks concept and a number of other applications are being considered.
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