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School gets its own wind turbine

Wind turbine at Goonhavern Primary School
The turbine is expected to cut the school's energy costs by a quarter

Pupils from a Cornish primary school are to learn more about green energy after receiving their own wind turbine.

The 15m (49ft) high turbine has been installed in the grounds of Goonhavern Primary School, near Truro.

It is anticipated that the turbine will annually generate enough power to make nearly 400,000 cups of tea.

The installation of the £34,000 turbine is expected to also help encourage local people to think about adopting more green initiatives.

Energy bills cut

The school contributed £6,000 to the cost of the turbine and the rest of the money was provided by the government's low carbon building programme and the Co-operative's green energy for schools scheme.

An LCD screen in the school's reception area is linked to the wind turbine and shows passersby how much energy it has produced each day and since it was switched on, as well as calculating how much carbon dioxide it has saved.

Craig Hayes, head teacher, believes the wind turbine will help the school to save about a quarter of its energy costs each year.

"In our school development plan next year we are going to have a big focus in how the children can make a positive contribution to their own environment and this will include learning how they can produce sustainable energy," he said.

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