BY the time you read this article, Bristol should be home to the tallest wind turbine in England.
The huge turbine is 150 metres tall and owned by a group of residents from the Lawrence Weston housing estate in Bristol, who got together to set the project up. It is expected to be built this week and start selling energy to the electricity grid from May.
The residents hope the turbine will power more than 3,000 homes by this spring, and that it will generate up to £100,000 a year to help people with the energy crisis, as well as saving 1,965 tonnes of CO2 per year.
Mark Pepper, who founded the project, said: “It is a massive achievement that we’ve managed to pull off as an impoverished [poor] community.” He added: “I’m hoping it will give confidence to people that they can achieve things, confidence that they’ve got a better, brighter future and a stronger connection with the climate emergency.” Mr Pepper said it was a relief to see construction of the turbine begin after seven years of fundraising and planning.
Experts say the UK should be building lots more turbines like this one, as we have lots of wind. Unfortunately, local communities can’t access the funds to build them.