Blowing in the wind
WIND power could soon play a major part in the future of Honda in Swindon which could mean 70-metre windmills at the South Marston site.
February 8, 2006
by Stephanie Tye
in This is Wiltshire
Planning permission will be sought in the next couple of weeks from Swindon Council for a test mast on eastern side of their site.
The test mast, which will be up to 230ft high and 8ins wide, will study the wind for the next 12 months.
The scheme is to investigate the possibility of generating up to 10 per cent of the power which runs the Honda factory.
If it's successful then up to three three-bladed windmills will be erected and they will be between 40 and 70 metres tall.
And that could mean blades some 20 metres long.
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