A green energy tycoon donated £15,000 to the Labour Party days before the party pledged to build thousands of new wind turbines and “enough solar panels to cover 22,000 football pitches.” Official figures show that Dale Vince, the founder of Ecotricity, is Labour’s largest individual donor so far in the election campaign, having given the sum to the party on Nov 12, through his firm. Mr Vince attended the Labour manifesto launch in Birmingham on Thursday, where the party committed to building 7,000 new offshore wind turbines, 2,000 onshore turbines, and solar panels spanning the equivalent of 22,000 football pitches. Ecotricity operates 24 onshore wind farms, with a further four either awaiting construction or planning approval, according to its website. Mr Vince’s firm also operates a solar farm in Lincolnshire, and received planning permission for a further four.
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