July 30, 2003[SolarAccess.com]A pioneering new project that could revolutionize the way factories are powered and boost London’s renewable energy production was given planning approval by the London Borough of Havering. The council’s Planning Committee approved an application from Ecotricity, the UK’s first green energy supplier, and car manufacturer Ford to build two wind turbines at Ford’s Dagenham plant. The decision comes a week after Barking and Dagenham Council approved an application for a third turbine at the factory. The final say on the scheme now rests with the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone who has two weeks to adjudicate on the proposal, following receipt of the planning committee’s notification. When complete the turbines will provide 100 percent of the electricity requirements of Ford’s new Clean Room Assembly Hall that is being built to expand production of high-tech diesel engines at the Dagenham engine plant, said Ecotricity. This is equivalent to enough electricity to power over 3,000 homes (around 10 million units per annum). This will mean that all Ford’s European diesel engines will have been made using wind power.