Cambridgeshire village sets up own wind turbine

Any surplus money the turbine makes will go to local projects and charities

Related Stories

Residents in a Cambridgeshire village have raised £1m to install their own wind turbine.

The 121ft (37m) turbine has started generating power for about 100 homes in Gamlingay.

It has been situated in an open field a little over a mile (1.75km) south east of the village.

The turbine was connected to the National Grid on 9 May, and after testing was officially opened earlier.

"It is about one third of the height of wind farm turbines and can generate about one ninth of the capacity," Chris Smith, a director of the Community Turbine Project, said.

"You also get a stunning view from the top.

"There's a sun roof so we can gain access for maintenance, and from there you can really appreciate what a beautiful area we live in."

Mr Smith said 10% of the profits made from the sale of energy would be given to other environmental projects within Gamlingay.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Cambridgeshire



12 °C 9 °C

Features & Analysis

  • Prostitute in red light district in Seoul, South KoreaSex for soldiers

    How Korea helped prostitutes work near US military bases

  • LuckyDumped

    The rubbish collector left on the scrap heap as his city cleans up

  • Walmart employees and supporters block off a major intersection near the Walton Family Foundation to stage a protest calling for $15 an hour and consistent full-time work in downtown Washington October 16, 2014. Black mark

    Wal-Mart workers revolt against the annual shopping bonanza

  • Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1More than 'Games'

    Fact and fiction blur in Mockingjay film.

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • UnderwaterHidden depths

    How do you explore the bottom of the ocean? BBC Future finds out


  • All-inclusive holidaysThe Travel Show Watch

    With all-inclusive holidays seeing a resurgence are local trades missing out to big resorts?

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.