Glyndebourne’s 67 metre wind turbine generated its biggest output to date last year, producing 1,820 megawatt-hours (MWh) with an average annual wind speed of 6.4 metres per second (m/s), beating the previous record set in 2015.
With reduced on site activity during lockdown, Glyndebourne used less electricity itself last year and sent excess electricity generated by the turbine to the National Grid to provide a source of green energy for the local community.
Glyndebourne is the first UK arts organisation to generate its own power using a large scale wind turbine. It was commissioned in 2012 after analysis revealed it was the single largest financially-viable initiative that could reduce the organisation's carbon footprint.
Since then it has generated the equivalent of 105% of the electricity used by the company, beating the 90% annual target and leading to a 50% cut in carbon emissions.