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Turbine scheme to slash RSPCA electricity costs

PUBLISHED: 12:55 22 July 2012




AN ANIMAL welfare charity in Brent Knoll has applied for permission to build a wind turbine to halve the costs of its electricity bills.

The RSPCA centre, in Brent Road, which is part of the national organisation, has been researching ideas to cut the costs of heating and electricity bills and has decided renewable energy is the way forward.

Bosses at the Brent Knoll centre have applied to Sedgemoor District Council for full planning permission to build a single 11kw wind turbine on an 18m mast to provide electricity for the centre.

Trustee Rita Hinton said: “We are very much welfare based and our heating bills are enormous.

“If the temperature drops to a certain level our welfare centre has to be heated, and that is a very big cost to us.

“We see it as a way to cut down on our bills and to act responsibly by investing in renewable energy.”

Mrs Hinton said if the application was accepted and the wind turbine built, it could dramatically cut the centre’s bills.

She said: “What you have to remember is we are responsible for raising every penny to run this animal centre, which costs more than £600 a day, and this wind turbine would more than halve our electricity bills.

“We are so concerned about our bills that we have been researching sensible alternatives for quite a while. For the site we are in its going to be far more effective for a return rather then solar energy.

“We feel it is a responsible way forward and we should all be looking to renewable energy.”

The area has long been targeted by private firms bidding to create commercial wind farms, but all efforts have encountered staunch opposition from nearby residents.


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