The Green Britain centre runs an educational programme for schools and visitors, so that everyone can learn something new about sustainability. You can climb the turbine, follow the eco trail, see the UFO blade and much more.
It promotes use of renewable energy with its “solar tracker” which is a solar panel that follows the sun, and the world record holding Greenbird – a vehicle powered by wind
The wind turbine was built in 1999 and can generate electricity to power 750 homes.
It is the only one in the world that has a viewing platform at the top of it. There are 300 steps to the top. It supplies one third of Swaffham’s electricity.
The viewing platform was designed by Sir Norman Foster, the architect of the Gherkin, the Wembley Stadium and the Sainsbury Art Centre at the UEA. It gives you a 360 degree view of the Norfolk countryside
Swaffham has 2 large wind turbines and there are a further eight at North Pickenham. They are owned and operated by Ecotricity and together generate more than three megawatts.
The largest, with the observation deck just below the nacelle, has a 1.5 megawatt capacity and is 67 metres high to the nacelle. The rotor diameter is 66 metres.
The centre hosted the 2008 British BASE jumping championships