An inspiration to us all

Our mission is to reduce the UK’s reliance on fossil fuels and it is great to see that we are not alone. The owners of a farm and family park have taken full advantage of the renewable technologies on offer and now produce 80 per cent of their business’ energy consumption.

We use coal displacement figures to demonstrate the positive impact of wind power and David and Felicity Brown have reduced their carbon footprint by an impressive 58 tonnes a year!

Along with solar panels and a biomass system, the farm makes use of a 10kW wind turbine which means they only draw from the National Grid on very dull days or when there is no wind.

That’s certainly put us in a good mood for the weekend. Let’s hope it’s a windy one!

Planning permission

Fine Energy Edinburgh have been working very hard on a site in Scotland and it was revealed this week that planning permission has been granted! An Endurance E3120 wind turbine will be installed on the land for a duration of 20 years, and the energy generated will be fed into the local distribution networks for use by local residents and businesses.

Wind attracts frequent criticism for being intermittent – the argument being that if we were 100 per cent reliant on wind, there would be times when there would be no energy at all. This is undeniably true, but the fact is that wind is part of the UK’s energy mix, and every kilowatt-hour generated by wind is a kilowatt-hour that does not have to be generated using coal or other fossil fuels.

Our mission is to reduce the UK’s need for power stations and every time a wind turbine application gets granted, we are another step closer to achieving this goal.

Public meeting success at Shoreham Port

Yesterday, representatives from Fine Energy, Norvento Wind Energy UK and Shoreham Port held a public meeting at Southwick Community Centre. This event offered local residents the opportunity to meet the people behind the wind turbine proposal and to find out a little more about the project.

We would like to say a big thank you to everybody who took the time to talk with us yesterday, we have read through the feedback and it is encouraging to see so many of you in favour of renewable energy schemes.

A special thank you goes to John Kapp, Honorary Secretary of Hove Civic Society, who brought a certain sparkle to the afternoon.

Wind energy steals the spotlight

Already this year, wind turbines contributed 22 per cent to the UK’s energy supply on one very windy Sunday afternoon – and now that record has been beaten!

With a little help from the tail end of hurricane Gonzalo, wind power set a new record on Sunday 19 August by providing 24 per cent of the UK’s electricity supply for the entire day.

The consistently strong performance saw wind outperform nuclear power from Friday evening right through to Monday morning. In addition, a number of coal plants were taken offline as they were surplus to requirements.

So it seems we have the wind to thank for our Sunday roasts.

Educating the next generation

Students from Exeter University visited Britain’s first commercial wind farm in Delabole as part of an exercise to teach them how important the renewable energy sector is to the South West’s economy.

It is understood that more than 10,000 people work in the renewables sector in the South West and this could rise to 34,000 jobs by 2020. Simon Wheeler, head of development at Good Energy, said the Big Field Wind Farm in North Cornwall could be worth more than £5m to Cornwall’s economy if it is given the go-ahead. This would amount to the equivalent of a further £14 million over the 25-year life of the project.

It is refreshing to see efforts being made to educate the next generation. Individuals who are encouraged to take an interest in wind energy projects will play an important role in securing the sustainable development of renewable energy in the UK. Teaching students about the importance of clean energy whilst they are still in education will help decrease the possibility of a skills gap; and will ensure a future supply of technicians, project managers and developers.