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5:52pm 6th June 2013

People living in Cornwall are getting the power to block wind farms.

The government says anger from locals should take priority over renewable energy targets.

If they do go ahead families should get money off energy bills like they do at Delabole.

Pauline Smeeth lives near Week St Mary and reckons there are enough: "The impact on tourism of what is probably going to happen in Cornwall is going to be huge because there is actually proposed over the whole of Cornwall a great swathe of solar panel farms interspersed with windmills.

"We're not against renewable energy, we're not against solar panels or windmills but we are against the size of this and the fact that you've got maybe in some cases a mile or two miles between two separate sites."

Patrick Dorman installs small scale turbines in the Duchy. He reckons that is the way the industry is going: "Wind is a renewable source of energy and Cornwall has more than its fair share of wind. In the UK we have something in the region of 70% of all the wind in Europe.

"Large scale wind farms are generally moving offshore and the way the market is moving is more towards individual people generating their own energy for their own personal benefits and I think that is the way that I think the future is moving."

5:52pm 6th June 2013

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