Kessingland’s two wind turbines have divided the community since they were erected in early 2011, with some residents welcoming the move to sustainable energy while others expressed concern over the impact on house prices and potential disturbance to daily life.
One of the biggest concerns was with the flickering shadows cast by the turbine blades, which can cause an unpleasant strobing effect in homes nearby. Now EcoGen, who operate the two turbines, have apologised to local residents and fitted a special device which will reduce disturbances.
The device monitors light and shuts down the turbines if shadows are cast over homes, which will eliminate the flickering shadows and ensure that villagers can peacefully coexist with the new turbines.
Despite the concerns of some villagers, the turbines are proving to be a boom for the local tourism industry, providing new landmarks which are hugely popular with visitors.
The two turbines, which were built by Triodos Renewables and operated by EcoGen and Lowestoft company SLP, generate enough power for 3,000 homes, and now fulfil nearly all of Kessingland’s energy needs, placing our village at the forefront of the green revolution.