Cornwall 14 wind turbines shipped to Latvia

Cornwall Light and Power has replaced the 25m (82ft) high wind turbines at Goonhilly Downs site, on the Lizard, with six 350ft (107m) high machines. It said the old wind turbines were due to be transported to Falmouth in January.

From Falmouth, they would be shipped to Lithuania to be refurbished by a Danish company, and then sent on to Latvia to generate wind power there.

The 14 wind turbines were originally installed in Goonhilly in 1993 and were said to have a 20-year lifespan.

The Truro-based wind energy company said it now wanted to make sure the old wind turbines were recycled as they were still worth tens of thousands of pounds and still had some life in them.