One of our English contributors sent me this which I make no apology for presenting here. They may be small in wind turbine terms but on flat land such as this no one could ever say that they are not mega intrusive!
The rotor and blades being lifted into place this morning on the EWT 500 wind turbine between Birkin and Hillam.
The total height of this turbine is 67 metres to blade tip and the turbine has a with a 54 metre rotor diameter.
Compare the size of the turbine with the lorry on site. This turbine is still only half the size of the 14 turbines proposed on the adjoining farm at Woodlane.
This turbine is the largest which qualifies for a payment of 18.04 p per unit generated which we will pay via a complex subsidy system, even if the electricity generated is all used on the farm. An extra 4.64p will be paid for any surplus fed into the grid.
The money to pay for it comes from a surcharge on electricity bills. A transfer of cash from ordinary consumers to turbine owners. Inevitably more people will be driven into fuel poverty.
If we share the cost between adults in Selby and Ainsty it will be £3 per year from each of us for every turbine of this size that goes up. With five turbines of this size already approved or in planning and another 30 or so smaller ones the amount will soon mount up. The payments will rise with inflation for the next 20 years.
With something in the region of £230,000 per year income you can understand why turbines like this are such an attractive proposition and why there is a real danger that our countryside is to be peppered with them.