Shooters Bottom, Somerset

One stunning windmill in Somerset providing enough green electricity each year to power 5% of the homes in the Mendip district.

More than fifteen years after the UK got its first modern windmill, 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 more than 1.300 homes in Mendip District.

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 emails and calls from local people – who just love it (read about the benefits of wind energy).

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.