WORK is beginning on a £12.9 million wind farm in Rotherham which is expected to create around 30 jobs.
The six-turbine scheme at Penny Hill in Ulley is near the junction of the M1 and M18 and promises to produce enough energy to power more than 12,000 homes.
The work is going ahead despite a protest against the project mounted by the Ulley Wind Farm Action Group.
A number of contracts have been awarded to local firms for the supply of materials and labouring time, as well as associated services such as catering and accommodation.
The turbines used in the scheme have the highest capacity of any ever used in a UK onshore wind farm.
The Penny Hill Wind Farm will prevent around 20,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere every year.
Contractors Banks Renewables say they will deliver a range of extra community and environmental improvements.
Banks have already made a £50,000 investment to help establish an eco-friendly scheme across Rotherham called Warm Zone.
Practical measures such as cavity wall and loft insulation will be installed in local homes to help alleviate fuel poverty and improve domestic energy efficiency.
Mark Dowdall, environment and community director at Banks, said: “The Penny Hill scheme is already making a positive contribution to the local area. “And with new jobs, commercial opportunities and regular funding still to come, this is just the beginning of the long-term, positive impact that our work here will have.”
Mark added: “We’re already working closely with local people through a liaison group to ensure everyone is kept fully up to date with the progress that is being made on-site, and look forward to starting to generate safe, clean and sustainable energy at Penny Hill next year.”