Caroline Flint MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, has officially opened E.ON's Tween Bridge onshore wind farm.
The new 44MW wind farm in Thorne, has the 22 turbines, and is capable of providing the electricity needs of around 27,000 homes a year - that's about one in ten homes in Doncaster - with the potential to save 54,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide over its lifetime.
At the opening ceremony Caroline Flint MP said: "I am delighted to open this wind farm. Wind - both on land and sea - has a huge part to play in powering communities and, as the windiest country in Europe, Britain must invest in wind power.
"I believe that wind power and renewable energy generally can provide vital manufacturing jobs in the UK in the future and I am very optimistic that Tween Bridge will demonstrate that wind farms can be good neighbours to those living closest to them."
Tony Cocker, Chief Executive of E.ON UK, said: "Tween Bridge is another important step in our development in the UK. We are developing renewable energy projects up and down the country; onshore and offshore wind farms as well as biomass plants. We will soon have over 1,000MW of renewable generation, enough to supply around 540,000 homes or all the homes in Doncaster twice over.
"This wind farm will provide around £1.25 million through community funding and has created multiple jobs during construction, with a smaller amount staying on site to provide a permanent maintenance team. Those are numbers to be proud of and my thanks goes to all those involved in making Tween Bridge a reality."
The Tween Bridge community fund is worth £55,000 per year and will be used to help local community groups. The fund has already supported local groups such as Thorne United football club who received £3,700 to train their coaches and to buy youth team football kits, goalposts and footballs.
Top: Caroline Flint and Tony Cocker Chief Executive, E.ON UK unveil the official plaque.
Bottom right: Caroline Tony and Thorne Cllr Rachel Hodson with the wind farm behind them.
TO APPLY TO THE COMMUNITY FUND ON BEHALF OF A LOCAL GROUP: contact Karen Walker on 01142 429005.