Cornwall Council to spend £16m on turbines
Council leaders in Cornwall have sparked fury among protesters after revealing proposals to spend £16 million building a string of wind turbine farms across the county.
Ten possible sites have been circled on the map and, if all goes according to plan, they could be built on council-owned land in 18 months' time.
Councillors say the scheme could generate enough power for more than 10,000 homes.
Recommendations are due to go before the Cabinet at Cornwall Council next week.
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Councillor Julian German, Cabinet member for localism, sustainability and devolution, is one of the members behind the recommendations.
He said energy generated by the farms would be pumped into the National Grid, with profits ploughed back into council front-line services.
Mr German said: "Some of the energy would be used at the farms but the rest would go into the Grid. In the past we've had large, private business sweeping, setting up wind farms and taking the profits out of Cornwall.
"This will not be the case with the council farms – taxpayers will reap the benefits because profits will go back to the council and back into front-line services."
However, Alan Nunn, of the Realistic Energy Forum South West, who lives in St Austell, accused the council of "inconceivable ignorance" claiming wind turbines are inefficient and ruin the landscape.
He said: "I'm extremely alarmed. Who wants those industrial monsters near their homes?
"The council is just chasing money to the detriment of Cornwall."