A 25-metre wind turbine has collapsed on a farm in North Devon, prompting a “full root-cause investigation”.
The wind turbine was the first of its kind in the UK, installed in 2010 against the wishes of local groups.
Bradworthy Parish Councillor Keith Tomlin told CN the local authority didn’t know why the structure, installed on the East Ash farm, fell over early on Sunday morning.
“The weather here was not exceptional that night – it was windy and there was a hailstorm but that’s not that unusual.”
The turbine is believed to be an Endurance E-3120 model, installed by Dulas.
A second wind turbine of the same manufacture has recently been approved to be installed alongside the first.
A spokeswoman for Dulas told CN: “We can confirm that an incident occurred with a turbine in the Bradworthy area of North Devon in the early hours of Sunday morning.
“We can reassure the local community that due to the isolated location of the turbine, no one was put at risk and we are currently working hard to establish the precise cause of the incident.
“Our technical team is one of the most experienced in the UK. They are working alongside the turbine manufacturer to conduct a full root-cause analysis investigation.”