Glyndebourne's wind turbine plan

Glyndebourne Opera has plans for a 70-motre wind turbine on a hill in the South Downs. The charity has submitted a planning application to Lewes Town Council for the 0.85MW kilowatt turbine. The turbine would be located where a windmill once stood on Mill Plain, between Glyndebourne and Ringmer.

Gus Christie, the executive chairman, says that the motivation is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. A local survey found that 85% of the inhabitants were in favour.

It is estimated by experts that the turbine would operate at 29% efficiency. (this means 29% load factor). The tower would be 44 metres high and the blades 26 metres, making the distance to the tip 70 metres.

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