Turbine is set to alter face of Leeds landscape

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Work to build Leeds’s largest structure is set to turn heads next week.

Standing at 123 metres the new wind turbine at Yorkshire Water’s Knostrop treatment works will dwarf landmark building Bridgewater Place by 12 metres.

The new turbine is the latest boost for the city’s “green gateway” supporting Leeds City Council’s ambition for the Lower Aire Valley to become a hub for green energy and industry,

The structure will be a major source of power for the Knostrop site and help to reduce the carbon footprint and operating costs.

When fully installed it will, on average, provide enough energy to power 1,100 homes a year.

Large sections of the turbine and its blades have been transported overnight from Immingham Docks and construction by Kelda Water Services will start on Monday.

Tom Hall, head of business development for Kelda Water Services, said: “It will be like building a giant Meccano set.

“The increase in wind speeds at height will allow the volume of renewable energy generation from the turbine to be maximised and we hope once built it will become a local landmark for the Leeds area.”

It is expected to take around two days to build the tower and install the blades.

Power will be received in late November.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for cleaner, stronger and safer communities, said: “To be a low carbon city we need appropriate energy infrastructure.

“Work starting on the turbine is another signal that in the right location, wind can play an important part in that journey.

“The council’s neighbouring recycling and energy recovery facility also shows that the Aire Valley is a catalyst for regeneration and well on its way to becoming a green hub.”

Ben Roche, Yorkshire Water’s head of energy and recycling, added: “Operating our processes, powering our systems and running an organisation as big as ours all mean using a large amount of energy.

“But we’re committed to driving our energy use down and to finding new ways to use energy more efficiently.”

Knostrop serves in excess of one million customers from Leeds.

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