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Car plant expands wind farm site

Date 9 Nov 2007

Nissan's Sunderland plant is to add two further turbines to its wind farm. The site already has six 51m turbines, which the company says contribute to energy savings of almost £1m a year.

Installation of the new turbines is due to begin in December and together the eight machines will generate 6% of the plant's energy needs.

Nissan engineer Mike Parkin said: "Our current turbines are performing well in terms of energy cost reduction, so it makes sense to increase the size of the farm. "It reflects our ongoing commitment to environmental management and the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions from our operation."

Unlike most wind farms, Nissan's is enclosed entirely within an industrial area on low-lying ground, minimising the impact on the local environment, which is home to varied wildlife.

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