9 May 2002 – UK green electricity and turbine development company Ecotricity said Wednesday that work had started on its first wind farm in Lincolnshire.

Contractors have begun laying foundations at a water treatment site in Mablethorpe for two 600 kW wind turbines that will be installed in the second half of June. German manufacturer Enercon will supply turbines.

Ecotricity said in a statement that the turbines would eventually provide power for around 1107 homes. The power will be fed into the UK national grid and Ecotricity has supply contracts with customers to provide green electricity and intends to commence its domestic service later this year.

The Mablethorpe wind turbines will prevent the annual emission of around 3215 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide (CO2), 37 tonnes of Sulphur Dioxide (SO2) and 11 tonnes of Nitrogen Oxides (NOx), plus several tonnes of ash and slag.

The UK government has set a target of generating ten per cent of the nations electricity from renewable sources by 2010. Lincolnshire, on the east coast of the UK, has set its own target of 48 MW of wind power for the same period and the Mablethorpe wind farm will contribute 2.5 per cent towards the county’s target.

Ecotricity has built turbines in Gloucestershire, Norfolk and Scotland, and said it would like to provide 10 per cent of Lincolnshire’s electricity from wind power, ahead of the Government’s national target.

Established in 1995, Ecotricity aims to generate 500 MW of wind power electricity by 2010.