Power used at a crematorium could be offset by building a £70,000 wind turbine more than twice the height of a family home.
Middlesbrough Council wants to put an 18.5m (60ft) mast on land next to Teesside Crematorium in Acklam.
But the turbine’s overall height would be 25m (82ft) when its blades are factored in.
If plans are approved, the turbine would feed into the national grid to offset energy used by the site and the council would be reimbursed for any power it produces.
The system would cost the council £70,000, although it is estimated that the sum would be recouped within eight years.
But the reaction to the scheme from residents was mixed.
William Spink, 75, of nearby Blue Bell Grove, said: “Great stuff - they should build more of them.
“My sons live in Germany and Canada and they have loads of turbines there.
“I don’t understand what our problem is with them in this country.”
Neighbour Ray Wilson, 72, said: “To me, they’re a waste of time. They don’t seem to do the job right.“
Tony Dooley, 67, of Coulby Newham, walks his dog at the crematorium once a week.
He said: “It’s a disgrace. They should find a more discreet place to put it.”
The papers outline plans by the authority to eventually make the facility completely sustainable to avoid a predicted increase in energy costs of 13% over the next decade.
The application states: “It is expected to provide payback within a reasonable time when taking into account the potential escalation of energy costs.”
The turbine would be sited on open farmland 200 metres north east of the crematorium, an area with high levels of wind on the opposite side of the dale from an existing commercial windfarm.
It is expected that the turbine could produce up to 30,000 kwh of energy a year.
That is slightly more than the amount it takes to power and heat a three bedroom semi-detached family home.
It would not be the crematorium’s first environmentally-friendly power source.
The facility already has a hydrogen fuel cell which is used to power the lighting in the chapel of remembrance.
The council will make a decision on the plan in the coming months.