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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A state panel has approved a 300-megawatt wind farm in eastern North Carolina, but the project still needs numerous other permits before turbines can start producing green energy.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that the N.C. Utilities Commission approved the Desert Wind Energy Project on Tuesday. The project calls for building 150 turbines across 31 square miles of farmland in Pasquotank and Perquimans counties.

The project is scheduled to start generating power at the end of 2012. It’s proposed by the American subsidiary of a Spanish energy company reported to be the world’s biggest developer of wind energy projects.

It would be one of the biggest wind farms in the nation, generating enough power for an average of 55,000 to 70,000 homes a year.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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