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Second community owned wind plant

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A four turbine extension to Haverigg wind farm in Cumbria is to become Britain's second community-owned wind power station. The project has been bought from its developer, Windcluster, by a partnership of the Wind Fund -- owned by Triodos Bank of the Netherlands -- and the Wind Company, which built the country's first community owned wind farm at nearby Harlock Hill. The extension, known as Haverigg II, will be set up along similar co-operative lines to Harlock Hill, which is part owned by the Baywind Co-operative. It has so far raised enough money to buy two of the five wind turbines and plans eventually to buy the remaining three. The share offer for the new co-operative will probably be launched within the next three months. "It is going to be a nationwide offer and we anticipate a lot of interest in it," says Susan Jenkins from Triodos Bank. "There is already a waiting list and there is a great deal of enthusiasm." Wind World of Denmark will supply four 600 kW turbines at Haverigg II, which are expected to be operational by summer.

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