Originally posted at the Newcastle Herald. View original post here.

WARATAH Village will become the state’s first shopping centre to draw power from on-site wind turbines.

Footings for the three 14-metre-high turbines are being prepared this week.

The turbines, which Newcastle City Council approved in 2011, will be lifted into place in April.

A spokesman for Nekon Pty Ltd said the company had successfully introduced similar turbines at several other shopping centres in Australia.

‘‘Wind turbines are proven initiatives in supplying renewable energy,’’ he said. 

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