The Gamlingay Community Turbine

Energy for Gamlingay . . . and beyond


The Gamlingay turbine is in an open field approximately 1.75 km (1.1 miles) south east from the centre of Gamlingay, 3.25 km (2 miles) north east from the centre of Potton, 2.9 km (1.8 miles) west from Hatley St. George, and 1.8 km (1.1 miles) north west from Cockayne Hatley. It is located about 400 m (1300 ft) from the edge of Potton Woods. The Ordnance Survey reference is TL 2492 5104. In the map below, the location is marked by the black cross at the centre of the map.
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The map on the left shows sound level contours around the turbine. The contours are based on the turbine at its noisiest which occurs at a wind speed of around 10m/s (22mph).

To put these levels in perspective, “rural night time background” is taken as levels of 20-40 dB(A). The appropriate standard, ETSU-97, requires sound levels below 40 dB(A) in these circumstances. As the map shows, even at its noisiest the Gamlingay turbine meets this standard easily, with sound levels typically less than 30 dB(A) in the village.