Running Since: June 2008
Number of turbines:1
Green electricity per year:5.26 million units
Homes powered (equiv):1,269
Tonnes of CO2 saved p.a.:2,265
More than fifteen years after the UK got its first modern wind turbine, and four years after we first applied to the local council to build one – Somerset joined the energy revolution in June 2008.
It’s just one windmill but it will provide enough power for 3% of homes in Mendip District. So just another nineteen then and all the homes in this part of Somerset could be powered by a clean, (endless) local power source. Marvellous.
We’re working towards that goal right now.
But why on earth did it take four years to get permission for this one?
Since it’s been up, we’ve been inundated with e-mails and calls from local people – who just love it.
Another classic example of the two truisms of wind energy in the UK. Local people think it’s a good idea, they want to see more, but local councils stand in the way.