Hockerton Housing Project (HHP) was the site of the first wind turbine in Nottinghamshire. Wind was our preferred choice as the most cost-effective way to produce renewable energy on our site, at half the price/kWh compared to solar PV. The economics have changed with the introduction of feed-in tariffs, but only in terms of income. We still recommend people choose the technologies with the lowest upfront cost per kWh.
HHP erected a 5kW Proven wind turbine in early 2002 and in early 2005 complimented this with the installation of a 5kW Iskra wind turbine. Both turbines are situated in the same area of the site and are at the same height of 26m, and we publish data on their output.
The first wind turbine was subject to considerable local opposition, but 8 years later HHP, working on behalf of local group Sustainable Hockerton, project managed the installation of a second-hand 225kW Vestas V29 wind turbine. Learn more about this process in our page on community energy and in the video above, which was produced as part of CSE’s PlanLoCaL project.