Green energy company Triodos Renewables will start the new-year with the erection of two new wind turbines at Eye, Suffolk this week. The Eye project is Triodos Renewables ninth renewable energy project, and the fourth that’s been developed on a brownfield site. The electricity generated will power the host industrial site, significantly alleviating their carbon footprint. The turbines are due to arrive on site during the first two weeks of January with the two turbines being erected over the following three weeks.
Once operational later in 2013, the site will generate sufficient green electricity to meet the power needs of the equivalent of 2830 homes (88% of the nearby town of Diss’ homes[ii]). Part of the energy from the turbines will be bought by the Humphrey Group, whose premises are adjacent to the turbine. The project will meet 80% of the Humphrey’s groups demand at the site, providing them with competitively priced green energy.
Local civil engineering contractor RG Carter delivered the civil works relating to the project. Where possible Triodos Renewables commissions local contractors to ensure the development of new wind farms provides employment and income for the local community.
Commenting on today’s announcement, Triodos Renewables Managing Director Matthew Clayton says, “We’ve ambitious plans for 2013, and Eye wind farm’s development will get us off to the best possible start. It’s particularly exciting to see another development happening on a brownfield site with a long industrial heritage, and to be able to support the Humphrey Group’s environmental efforts by providing them with clean energy at source.”
Triodos Renewables, with over 5,000 shareholders, is the UK’s most widely-owned renewable energy company. It focuses on low financial risk projects that use proven technologies and operate on long-term contracts, with an increasing proportion of sites located on Brownfield land where the aesthetic impact is reduced. Over the last three years the Company has increased its power generation capacity by 63% and it now owns and operates eight sites around the UK and has a further two in construction with a combined capacity of 51.4 MW, sufficient to generate enough renewable power for approximately 28,7000 homes. It is on the right trajectory to reach its aim of 100MW renewable energy operating capacity by 2015.
About Triodos Renewables Plc
Triodos Renewables is a UK public limited company, with 5,000 investors who want their money to make a practical difference in the fight against climate change, and who recognise the long-term business potential of renewable energy.
It works with partners to develop and acquire projects, and invest in innovative companies in the sustainable energy sector. Its portfolio includes seven operating sustainable energy projects with a total capacity of 43.3 MW producing enough clean, green renewable energy for the equivalent of more than 24,500 homes.*
Triodos Renewables has invested in a number of wind farm projects, such as the Haverigg II Wind Farm in Cumbria, a re-powering wind farm project at Caton Moor in Lancashire, a single wind turbine in the Orkneys, and the Beochlich hydro-electric project in Loch Awe, Argyllshire.
Triodos Renewables is managed by Triodos Bank NV. Triodos Renewables is a trading name of Triodos Renewables plc.
*Estimate based on assumed industry standard of 4.7 MWh per home as supported by an Advertising Standards Authority adjudication (October 2009: West coast Energy Ltd) and used by RenewableUK, the UK energy association