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Wind turbine proposal

Ecotricity wind turbine

Image: Ecotricity

We are building a single wind turbine on a field adjacent to our headquarters at The Lodge near Sandy, Bedfordshire.

We believe that renewable energy is an essential tool in the fight against climate change, which poses the single biggest threat to the long-term survival of birds and wildlife. 

Current science suggests that by 2100, one sixth of all species could face extinction unless there is extensive action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

In addition to campaigning to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and significantly reducing our energy consumption by making energy savings across the society, we are committed to reducing our own carbon footprint by generating our energy needs from renewable sources.

The turbine will measure 100 m at its highest point and is predicted to produce the equivalent of approximately half of the RSPB's total UK electricity needs across all of its UK operations. The turbine will provide a direct supply of green electricity to RSPB headquarters at The Lodge.

This project sees us joining forces with green energy company Ecotricity.

Planning application

Ecotricity, in partnership with the RSPB, conducted assessments over three years on all aspects of the wind turbine proposal and how it could affect the surrounding area. These assessments analysed potential impacts that include landscape and visual amenity, cultural heritage, ecology, ornithology, hydrology, noise, transport and access, and shadow flicker. 

We completed sufficient research to confirm that Sandy Ridge is a suitable site for a single wind turbine. The full results of our environmental assessments were submitted alongside our application to Central Bedfordshire Council in August 2013. 

Central Bedfordshire Council requested views on our application from local residents and organisations, all of which were taken into account when they made their decision on whether to grant planning permission.

In April 2014, Central Bedfordshire Council granted planning permission for the wind turbine. 

Construction

Construction will take place over 14 weeks and consist of several phases beginning with ground works in July 2015. The wind turbine will begin to generate green energy in early 2016.

A wind turbine at our UK headquarters is one of the biggest steps we can take to meet our carbon emission reduction targets and help to save nature for future generations. 

We know that with the right design and location wind turbines have little or no impact on wildlife. We hope that by siting a wind turbine at our UK headquarters, we will demonstrate to others that with a thorough environmental assessment and the right planning and design, renewable energy and a healthy, thriving environment can go hand in hand.

For more information on the project, please read our Frequently Asked Questions or contact us.

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