4 giant wind turbines (eyesore?) tower over farmland fields in scenic countryside - Knabs Ridge wind farm near Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England.

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4 giant wind turbines (eyesore?) tower over farmland fields in scenic countryside - Knabs Ridge wind farm near Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England.
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Knabs Ridge wind farm lies south of the A59 Harrogate to Skipton road, west of Harrogate, North Yorkshire, It stands just 50ft (15m) from the boundary of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and dominates the surrounding countryside for many miles around, There was a mass objection and the planning committee rejected the application. Permission was finally granted by the Planning Inspectorate in September 2005 following a two week public inquiry. Construction work began in 2007 and the wind farm became operational in the summer of 2008. There are eight turbines operating here. Each one comprises a 58m tower with a 70m rotor diameter. The total height of the wind turbine (to the tip of the blades at their highest point) is 93m. If the wind farm was to work to its full capacity, it could generate enough clean electricity to meet the average annual needs of 5,500 homes.
Location: Knabs Ridge, Kettlesing, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, Great Britain, GB, United Kingdom, UK,