E.ON said that the wind farm features five 2MW turbines and will produce enough clean energy to meet the electricity needs of around 5,500 homes each year.

The wind farm will help displace around 11,0002 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year of its operational life.

An E.ON community fund for the wind farm is being finalized.

Meanwhile, construction is continuing at E.ON’s Butterwick Moor wind farm, near Sedgefield, also in County Durham, with the first turbine expected to start generating power later this month.

When complete, the 10 turbine wind farm will produce enough electricity to power more than 11,000 homes each year, according to the company.