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QEH turbine plan unveiled  

Trailblazing plans for a giant wind turbine at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital have been officially unveiled.

Ecotricity plans to build the 56-metre turbine in the grounds of the hospital and the green energy it creates will help the QEH reduce its bills – and its carbon footprint.

A public exhibition was launched at Fairstead Community Centre on Friday where experts were on hand to explain the plans and answer questions.

But it failed to draw the crowds and only around three people attended the all-day event.

Speaking at the exhibition, Ecotricity senior development manager Dr Lucy Hoyle said the lack of interest suggested the turbine was being put in the right location.

“The amount of people we have through the door varies a lot. With this type of application for an on-site turbine you won’t get more than ten to 15 people. Obviously it is very different for a wind farm,” she added.

Ecotricity and the QEH plan to submit a planning application to West Norfolk Council shortly and, if successful, the hospital could become the first public sector organisation to be powered by green energy.

The exhibition, which includes photographs and information on wind power technology, moved to the main entrance of the QEH yesterday where it will remain until Friday, February 22.

If the plans are approved, the turbine would be built in the gravel car park used by hospital pool cars at the end of the main car park

The turbine would be capable of generating enough power for 590 homes, but the energy would be used by the hospital directly to generate approximately four per cent of the electricity it uses.

Lynn News

12 February 2008

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