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Wind turbine plan for Cornwall Council farms
7:00am Monday 17th September 2012 in Cornwall
Cornwall Council has announced a £16m plan to build a network of wind turbines on council-owned farms.
The scheme is part of a wider effort by the authority to cut its carbon footprint.
Ten farms in Cornwall have been identified as possible sites for the turbine scheme, which Cornwall Council claims would break even within four years and could raise millions to pay for services.
Among the areas suggested for the turbines include Probus and Helston. Chris Cardell, a tenant farmer on a council owned farm, and vice chairman of the Cornwall branch of the National Farmer's Union, said the plans could benefit tenant farmers as they are approached by their suppliers asking what their carbon footprint is.
Adding: “If we can reduce it that's good."
A spokesman for the council said it was very keen to do something that offsets its annual electricity bill of £6m, and that generates energy locally.