After 6 years of arguments over planning for a new wind farm on the edge of the village of Harold, plans to make the turbines solar-powered look set to revolutionise the environmentally friendly technology whilst finding a likely solution to the concerns raised by locals.
As with many other areas in the country, the sight of the wind farms on the landscape has been one of the main sticking points of the planning application, however making them solar-powered will allow the whole farm to be built inside a visually more acceptable warehouse.
“We have been building these out-of-town warehouses for years, and it seems that the concrete shells are viewed as far less of an eyesore than a few turbines in a field” Councillor Ronsson, an advocate of the renewable energy told us. “Making these wind turbines solar-powered means they can now be housed inside.”
With recent announcements over increased financial benefits for communities taking on wind farms and the existing benefits available for buildings using solar power, this plan has also been seen as a great way to get investment into the village.
It is thought this money will be reinvested into renewable energy with a ‘wave energy farm’ being installed in the local swimming pool, followed by a change in pool policy seeing obese people being encouraged to ‘bomb’ to create bigger waves.
“Another huge advantage is the solution to the problem of a lack of wind. Some of these wind farms can go days without producing enough power to fuel a light bulb” Cllr Ronsson continued. “Even if there is no wind, as long as the sun is shining then the turbines will continue to spin. And as they will all be indoors, when the sun doesn’t shine, they can be simply plugged into the mains.”