Recently, Sir David Attenborough has opened a £1.5 million wind turbine at Glyndebourne.
The wind turbine is the first to power an arts institution in the UK and it was finally completed after a long battle for planning.
When it was opened there were many cheers from the crowd in attendance which included many people from the local area. There were also some people at the opening to protest it, saying that it is a blight on the beautiful countryside of the South Downs.
Brenda Sherrard lives around four miles away from the wind turbine but her daughter lives much closer. They both say that the wind turbine is something of beauty but they understand why some people don’t agree.
Verity Cannings is the head girl at a local community college and she stated, “I think that the turbine is a great thing to the community. I understand why people might think it’s unattractive, but in a few years they will have forgotten about it. It is more important that we take steps to save the environment and this wind turbine is a statement about ways we can do this.”
The grandson of the founder of the opera house, Gus Christie stated, “It’s has been a very long time in the planning and we are pleased to finally have this wind turbine operational. Personally, I think it is a thing of beauty especially when you consider what it stands for. It is going to help us get well on our way to becoming a carbon neutral opera house and when combined with our other environmentally friendly measures we are helping to make a real difference to the environment.”
The initial idea for the turbine came in 2004 and Mr Christie continued, “It is my hope that other arts organisations will take the idea from us and establish wind turbines at their establishments. I also hope that it doesn’t take them so long to get the approval for their turbines put through. If all the applications are blocked like this one then future generations are going to suffer because of our failure to deal with climate change.”
It is expected that the turbine, which was first switched on in December, is going to generate around half of the electricity that the opera house needs. This contributes a great deal to the establishment’s goal of having 90 percent of all its energy requirements come from renewable sources.
Sir David commented at the ceremony that, “The younger generation seem to understand the need for change but the older people still don’t seem to grasp the scale of change that needs to take place. It’s as if people still don’t realise where electricity comes from, they don’t understand the importance of saving energy and green sources of energy.
In my lifetime most of the power we have used has come from coal which has been responsible for numerous deaths. We need to start embracing green forms of energy generation to preserve future generations.”