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Five 1.3 MW turbines are turning at National Wind Power's Lambrigg wind farm in Cumbria, the largest built in England since 1993. Since then planning authorities have not permitted any medium or large wind schemes, although larger projects have been allowed in Scotland and Wales.

Lambrigg's Bonus turbines are clearly visible from the M6 motorway -- one of Britain's major routes. It is the first UK wind farm to use megawatt class turbines. Ross Sayers, executive chairman of Innogy, National Wind Power's parent company following the division of National Power into domestic and international businesses, calls the project a "landmark wind farm."

Meanwhile, a proposal by PowerGen Renewables' for a 9 MW wind farm at Out Newton on Humberside, north east England, has been approved, though a 13 MW proposal by Renewable Energy Systems for a site nearby at Hollym, Holderness, was turned down at the same planning inquiry. The companies had jointly appealed against a rejection by East Riding council of their applications. According to David Farrier from PowerGen Renewables, preparatory work has started for seven 1.3 MW turbines at Out Newton, including turbine selection.

PowerGen Renewables' good news in the north east follows its success in the Scottish Borders where a 30 MW project received planning consent at Bowbeat, near Peebles. Scottish Borders councillors approved the application unanimously in August. But the wind farm, which has two power purchase contracts under the Scottish Renewables Obligation (SRO), has one further hurdle to clear: the Scottish Executive needs to give its final approval to the 24 1.3 MW turbines.

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