A school in north east England has become the first in mainland Britain to install its own wind turbine. An Atlantic Orient 50 kW turbine from the United States is now on site and being commissioned at Cassop Primary School in County Durham. It was installed by Durham County Council as a demonstration project in partnership with Northern Electric and Gas, which is providing half the £120,000 cost of the project. The turbine will provide at least 90% of the school's energy needs. Excess electricity generated at weekends, evenings or holidays will be sold to the electricity company, providing funding for other renewable projects. The schoolchildren have already benefited educationally from the turbine, says headteacher Jim McManners. "We have replicated it with models and testing in science, we have made a scale model as part of technology work and we have some superb poetry, which the children have been inspired to write." It also helps to raise their awareness of important global issues, he adds.
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