A licence to install 42 Tacke wind turbines, amounting to 24 MW of installed capacity, near the village of Utgast has now been granted by the rural district of Ostfriesland. The first turbines in the DEM 40 million project are due for commissioning early next year, says Winkra-Project of Hannover. The wind station will generate 50 million kWh a year, avoiding the emission of 50,000 tonnes of CO2 by conventional fossil fuel stations. Tacke has also taken a share in the project. The project's planners have had to overcome persistent opposition, not least from other wind turbine operators in the area who feared the new project would cast a giant wind shadow, stealing the resource currently used by their machines. Opponents also took a petition before the Lower Saxony government causing a one-year postponement to construction. The upshot has been more than a halving of the original plans to build 100 turbines at Utgast. Even now the project operators are faced with having to pay several million mark in compensation for "impairing the landscape and the natural environment."
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