Cambridgeshire village sets up own wind turbine
- 15 June 2013
- From the section Cambridgeshire
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.