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Wind farm plans for quarry site

Plans for a wind farm to provide energy for up to 10,000 homes in Dorset have been unveiled.

The proposal for Masters Pit, a quarry in East Stoke, near Wareham, has been created by Infinergy, an wind developer based in Wimborne.

Six turbines, each measuring 125m (410ft) high, would have a maximum capacity of about 18MW, planners said.

Dorset has set a target of 68-84MW of electricity from renewable energy sources by 2010.

Designers hope the wind farm would provide enough energy for about half of the households in the Purbeck local authority area, and save up to 40,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide compared to burning fossil fuels.

A spokesperson for Infinergy said: “In comparison to another local structure, the turbines would be of a similar height to the former Poole Power Station chimneys.”

The Alaska Wind Farm proposal is a joint venture between Infinergy and landowner Will Bond.

Project director, Herb Lindlahr, said: “Site surveys are underway to highlight any key site issues in terms of the environment, technical constraints and local community impacts.

“We are also undertaking consultation with local people and organisations to get feedback and insight.”

BBC News

6 December 2007