Farmers to 'plant' mini wind turbines
Thousands of wind turbines could be "planted" in hedgerows on farmers' land in a new £200m energy scheme.
Proven Energy, a Scottish wind turbine manufacturer, claims that the miniature turbines - at 14.9m tall - will be less obtrusive than the much taller, traditional machines.
August 20, 2006
by Tim Webb
Chief executive Gordon Proven wants to install around half-a-dozen turbines on each of 5,000 farms across the UK. He said that dotting the turbines around the country, rather than concentrating them on high-density farms, would lessen their visual impact. He added that it would be easier to get planning permission for smaller turbines.
A spokeswoman from the Campaign to Protect Rural England said it welcomed such small-scale renewable energy projects, provided they did not damage hedgerows. Mr Proven said the group would be marketing the scheme nationally, and first met officials from the National Farmers Union of Scotland last week to... [continue via Web link]