Wind turbine to make holiday cottages self-sufficient

A development of quality holiday accommodation at High Bickington has won planning permission for a wind turbine to help the business become totally self-sufficient. A 6kw turbine has already undergone a successful trial at Millbrook Cottages. Once instal

A development of quality holiday accommodation at High Bickington has won planning permission for a wind turbine to help the business become totally self-sufficient.A 6kw turbine has already undergone a successful trial at Millbrook Cottages.Once installed and combined with Millbrook's biomass boiler, solar and photovoltaic panels and 750w water turbine, with provide enough energy, heat and hot water to support the three four-star cottages, one five-star apartment and bed and breakfast suite as well as the main house, office and staff accommodation.Millbrook's biomass boiler, fuelled by locally sourced waste slab wood, produces heat and hot water for the site saving more than �1,500 a year.The wind turbine will provide more energy to give Millbrook a net gain of electricity.Owners Kate Jones and Bob Boothby, who have won a clutch of environmental awards, are committed to preserving the natural beauty of their environment.Kate said: "These are exciting times for Millbrook as we take another step towards becoming self-sufficient. Living in 32 acres of beautiful, unspoilt countryside is all the motivation we need to continue to reduce our impact on the environment while still providing the highest possible quality holiday experience for our guests."Bob Boothby said: "Since buying Millbrook in 2005, we have have planted more than 9,000 native broadleaf trees and resurrected woodlands and wildflower meadows"Future plans include a rainwater harvesting scheme for the cottages and a wildlife hide in the grounds.


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