Windcrop Launches in Yorkshire

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Windcrop, the UK’s leading provider of small scale wind turbines, is launching in Yorkshire enabling the region’s farmers and landowners to generate their own ‘green’ electricity for free.

The company has opened a base in Leeds and appointed Richard Moody as its new general manager for the Yorkshire region. Windcrop already has more than 25 orders from farmers and landowners in the region for its small scale wind turbines and the company, which is currently recruiting, expects to see rapid expansion over the next six months creating local jobs.

Windcrop manages the planning application process and installs free small wind turbines as part of a Government backed scheme to help landowners use green energy to cut down on both energy bills and carbon emissions. The surplus energy is then fed back to the national grid.

The company fully funds the provision, installation and on-going maintenance of the turbine and recoups the costs from the government’s Feed-in-Tariff scheme, which is used to service the capital outlay for the turbine. Owing to their small scale, the 15m high turbines are unobtrusive and the impact on the environment is minimal.

John Moore, Windcrop’s managing director, said: “Our move into Yorkshire represents an exciting stage in the development of the business. More and more farmers and landowners are expressing an interest in small wind power as a way of saving energy costs and Yorkshire offers great potential for our expansion plans.”

Yorkshire general manager Richard Moody brings with him a wealth of experience, particularly in business start-ups and expansion. He spent more than 25 years in the building materials and construction industries, previously working for builders’ merchants Keyline (now Travis Perkins) and independent companies in the Yorkshire region.

Richard’s role is to oversee the development of Windcrop in Yorkshire, building relationships with customers and ensuring the efficient delivery of its turbines through the planning and installation phases.

Richard, who lives in Halifax, said: “The whole renewable energy sector and especially wind is expanding as more people realise the cost and environmental benefits. The Windcrop offer is particularly niche – our turbines are completely free of charge for the end user and we take the hassle out of it as we see the planning process through on the landowner’s behalf.

Demand for small wind power is demonstrated by more than 350 turbines installed to date by Windcrop across the East of England.

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