Wind turbine to power depot

A microgeneration wind turbine to power a waste depot has received planning approval.

The council approved plans for a 15-metre wind turbine to be erected at the Cupid Green Depot in Hemel Hempstead.

Hemel Today reports that speaking at a council meeting, councillor Jai Restall said: "I support it because I think it's a small step in the right direction and I think it sets a precedent for the future."

Chairman of the planning committee councillor Richard Roberts added: "This is a

use of money that within ten years can pay for itself. There is no harm by it and some good may come from it."

The council could receive funding from the government's Low Carbon Buildings Programme, which provides grants to public bodies and organisations to install microgeneration technologies.

However, if it wants to have access to these grants it should apply before June, when the programme will close to be replaced by feed-in tariffs.

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