New energy is the ‘future’ for creating jobs

Dave Harbon, of H S Harbon & Sons Ltd. Picture: Marie Caley D3418MC
Dave Harbon, of H S Harbon & Sons Ltd. Picture: Marie Caley D3418MC

THE Government is being lobbied to back renewable energy companies, potentially creating hundreds of new jobs in the borough.

Ahead of the upcoming Budget a Doncaster MP and business boss have teamed up to highlight that scores of new vacancies could be up for grabs if more was done to help businesses.

The take up of solar panels on homes in the borough is among the highest in the country, with figures released earlier this year revealing nearly 1,100 properties had the energy saving devices fitted.

A new windfarm at Marr is now up and running and work is currently taking place to expand the Tween Bridge windfarm near Thorne.

Plans for a carbon capture power station in Hatfield are also seen as key to creating thousands of jobs.

Now Don Valley MP Caroline Flint, and Dave Harbon, of Harbon Wind Turbines, are hoping hundreds of more jobs could be created if Chancellor George Osborne backs new energy companies.

Ms Flint, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, said: “Just looking around Doncaster we can see new companies doing solar and wind power; and huge potential investment in carbon capture at local power stations.

“I want the Government to get behind these industries and send out a clear message that they are vital to building new jobs in places like Doncaster.”

Harbon Wind Turbines is based in Gordon Street, near Doncaster town centre.

Mr Harbon, director of the firm, added: “We know that wind turbines have a huge role to play providing energy for farms, businesses and the community. The economy is facing a very tough time; and it is vital that the Government sends out a clear message that these industries are part of Britain’s future.”