Wind farm work starts

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Work has started on the £21.9 million Penny Hill wind farm site, near Rotherham.

Around 30 jobs are being created by Banks Renewables, which is building the six-turbine scheme to the south east of Rotherham and the west of the junction of the M1 and M18 motorways.

Turbines chosen for the scheme have the highest capacity of any used in a UK onshore wind farm and will produce enough energy to meet the needs of more than 12,000 homes - around ten per cent of all the homes in the Rotherham area.

The wind farm will prevent around 20,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere every year and will bring £500,000-worth of additional benefits to the local community.