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School to create own wind power
Wind turbine
The turbine should be up and running by the end of March
A Cornish primary school could soon be almost completely powered by a single wind turbine.

Gorran Primary School on the Roseland, has secured more than 50,000 from different agencies to carry out the work on the 15m (49ft) high turbine.

It should be up and running at the end of March at the school made famous by Anne Treneer's autobiography The Schoolhouse in the Wind.

The head teacher Matthew Oakley says it should save the school 5,000 a year.

Time capsule

The first stage of the work will begin this month when the foundations will be laid for the turbine, which will be installed around the middle of March.

To coincide with the start of the project the children will be sealing their aspirations for the future of the Earth in a time capsule.

The capsule will be buried by the foundations of the wind turbine until 2058, which will mark the 50th anniversary of the turbine.

The turbine will generate 48,000kWh electricity to meet 90% of the school's electricity requirements and will reduce the school's carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 21 tonnes each year.

In addition to powering lights and computers, a large part of the school will also be heated using electricity generated by the turbine.

Funding has been provided by 30,000 from EDF Energy's Green Fund, 14,000 from the Low Carbon Building Programme, 6,530 from the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership and 2,200 from the Eco School's Grant Programme.

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