Boro are bringing a new source of power to their Riverside Stadium.
The club has been given the go-ahead for its scheme to site a wind turbine on the car park to the east of the stadium.
It will be a towering 125m high structure and capable of producing three megawatts of electricity, which will be used to provide power to the stadium. Surplus electricity will be sold to the National Grid.
Middlesbrough Council’s planning committee has approved planning consent for the wind turbine.
Planning officers, in a report to the committee, said: “At 125m high the wind turbine will be a prominent feature on the Middlesbrough skyline.
“When viewed at close quarters in the context of the stadium and within the riverside setting, it is the development control view that it is not overbearing or dominant.
“From a more distant view the slender nature of the structure and the pale colouring help the structure to sit well within the townscape.”
Councillor John McPartland, the planning committee chairman, said: “This development is a terrific bit of enterprise.”
Boro announced its plans for the turbine last year.
It said it was looking to develop green energy sources for the football club, with the aim of eventually moving towards self-sufficiency.
The club said it was hoping to deliver the message of energy efficiency, climate change and assist in the goal of reducing CO² emissions in Middlesbrough.
And it is possible that other forms of renewable energy could be introduced to the Riverside once the turbine is operating, said the club.
Herald & Post
17 July 2008
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