A WIND power company is hosting an open day to show its turbines in action.
Bosses of Ripponden-based Eagle Power are showcasing their small 15metre tall turbine at the premises of one of their customers at High Flatts.
Director John Gumbley said the idea was to show interested people a small turbine at work and shatter the misinformation about the technology.
He said: “This is a way of informing people about what the turbine does, what it sounds like and how it works.
“There’s a lot of anti-turbine feelings about, so it’s better if we can actually show people how it works and how it benefits the community and the farm.
“Then we can dispense with all these badly informed comments.
“We don’t think they’re noisy and we know they’re very efficient.
“The owner of this turbine has produced enough electricity for three average houses in a year.
“The 15m turbine is supposed to produce about 5,000 Kwh (kilowatt hours) per year and this one at High Flatts has done 16,000.”
The day at Greenfield House will feature information about feed-in-tariffs, along with talks and information from the occupiers and Eagle Power’s wind power experts.
The event is just a few yards from the controversial application to install four 100m (330ft) tall turbines around Birdsedge.
The plan by developers, Pure Renewable Energy (PRE), is being fought by villagers and members of BOLT (Birdsedge and district Opposition to Large wind Turbines).
Many residents in the area are also upset that an additional three large turbines have been erected near the existing wind farm at Royd Moor.
Several farmers and landowners have had turbines between 12m and 30m tall approved, but a recent plan for a 34m turbine at a property off Haddingley Lane near Birdsedge was refused.
Planners said its prominent location and scale were detrimental to the landscape.
Mr Gumbley said he was aware of wind power protests in the region but said if more properties had a small-scale turbine there would be less need for the large industrial ones.
“I understand people being worried about a lot of large turbines but the smaller ones tend to blend into the background,” he said.
“I think personally that every farm could have one and it wouldn’t be intrusive, but they’ve got to be carefully sited with agreement with the neighbours.”
The open day is on Saturday from noon to 5.30pm at Greenfield House, Green Lane, High Flatts.