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Living next to a wind farm - a personal experience

Living next to a wind farm - a personal experience

There is no doubt in my mind - we’ve got to have renewable sources of energy to cut greenhouse gases and stop global warming. And Britain needs to be as self-sufficient as it possibly can be in producing its own energy. Just look at the situation in Ukraine… need I say more?

As we heard from recent UN reports, man-made climate change is beyond doubt. David Cameron said himself that it’s one of the most serious threats the world faces. So why is he trying to stop us from producing our own home grown energy?

The burning of coal provides 35% - 40% of our electricity which releases harmful sulphur and greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. We can’t carry on like this. The Government has targets in place to cut emissions, but in order to meet them, the country needs to have more renewable energy.

One of the best options has to be onshore wind. It’s just common sense; it’s proved to be an effective form of energy generation.

In the early days of the technology, as an engineer myself, I wasn’t totally convinced by it, but things have moved on from those days. I looked into wind power a great deal a few years back when a friend of mine decided he was going to put up some turbines himself. These days, turbines can turn up to 24 hours a day, and the technology is constantly evolving.
You can tell my views on the wind farm are quite clear, but I asked myself: what do the rest of my fellow villagers think of it?

It dawned on me that most people don’t really think anything of it. It’s just there. We don’t actually talk about it because it’s become so much part of the landscape. There’s no noise and it doesn’t do any harm to anyone. It doesn’t interfere with people’s daily lives and, if anything, has a positive impact on the village as a whole. It’s not something that could ever divide the community because it’s hardly a talking point any more.

Far from being an eye-sore, the turbines are seen as a thing of beauty by many locals. At a recent tour of the site, my fellow villager Paul Hill described the turbines as ‘majestic’, particularly when he watches the sun rise from behind them from his garden each morning.

I’ve never heard any noise from the turbines from my house. I’ve stood right next to them as they are turning and, even up close, they are unbelievably quiet.

It’s often argued that a wind farm will ruin the tourism trade, especially in a place like Cornwall which does rely on visitors spending money here. But in Delabole, we’ve experienced the opposite. It doesn’t stop tourists coming to visit the area, it encourages them. The wind farm is a landmark and countless people make special trips to come and see it. I remember my former boss travelling from Exeter on a day trip when it first opened.

Those who have actually lived next to a wind farm will tell you that there is nothing to fear. We’re proud to do our bit for future generations here. And through Good Energy’s local tariff and the Delabole community fund, we’re sharing in the benefits of the wind farm right now.

Talk to the folk around here and you’ll soon find out what it’s really like living next to a wind farm.

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