Old Dalby wind farm to be built later this month

An artist's impression of the Dalby Wind Park to be developed on land next to the A46, to the north west of Melton PHOTO: Supplied

An artist's impression of the Dalby Wind Park to be developed on land next to the A46, to the north west of Melton PHOTO: Supplied

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An artist’s impression of Dalby Wind Park, to be developed on land next to the A46, to the north west of Melton PHOTO: Ecotricity

It’s nearly five years since Ecotricity was granted planning permission by Melton Council to erect the turbines on agricultural land next to the A46, to the north west of Melton.

Deliveries of the main turbine components will begin as of Monday, September 21. There will be about 100 deliveries spread over nine weeks, with Ecotricity warning this could cause some ‘minor disruption’ along the A6006, between the A46 and Old Dalby Farm, during this time.

Each turbine is expected to take up to five days to erect.

Steve Ellis, head of construction at Ecotricity, said: “We’re at a really exciting stage as we can start to see the project come to fruition and eventually start delivering almost 17.5 million units of green electricity every year.

“Dalby Wind Park will have a capacity of 7.2MW, which will be a fantastic contribution to Leicestershire’s renewable credentials and will save around 7,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide being pumped into the atmosphere annually.

“We’ve also worked hard to ensure the project has a minimal environmental impact, as we’ve ensured the access track includes a network of newt swales that allow great crested newts to move safely between ponds on the farm.”

Ecotricity say the wind farm will make enough electricity to power the equivalent of nearly 5,500 homes each year.

For more information visit www.ecotricity.co.uk/dalby