About the company
About our company
Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited is a specialist stockholder, supplier and installer of wind turbines over a range of different sizes, with an emphasis on selecting the right turbine for the right site. From our base in South Gloucestershire, we install turbines across the Country.
What we do
We share our specialist, experienced and extensive knowledge of wind energy with you, to enable you to make an informed choice about siting a wind turbine on your land.
We check wind speeds and complete a thorough site survey before supplying and installing any wind turbines. Our ‘full service’ approach provides assistance with the planning process, discussions with the grid supplier, support with financing the project, experienced installation and commissioning.
Director Christine Griffiths says, “It is essential when installing a wind turbine to site it in the correct place. Turbines are manufactured for different conditions, some are designed to catch free-flowing wind, others deal with turbulent air and some are for outlying locations where connection to the national grid is not possible. It is not a case of ‘one size fits all’, rather which turbine best suits my needs, the wind speed and the geography of my land?” Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) supplies and installs a range of turbines so that it can guide its customers through the process of installation and ensure they have the right turbine, in the right place to generate the maximum amount of power.
We were the first supplier and installer appointed in the UK by Endurance Wind Power and in September 2012 we renewed our contract for a further 3 years. By the end of December 2012 we had installed 50 Endurance Wind Power
E-3120 turbines across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
This website has 3 progressive parts:
- Our portfolio of wind solutions – case studies, live data from our turbines and our ‘wraparound’ service.
- Planning to buy a turbine – how we help, site assessment, planning permission, Feed in Tariffs, finance.
- Products – the range of turbines we offer from 80kW to 500kW, our unique turbine monitoring system (TOPAZ), maintenance and warranties.
Why it all began!
Our Company was launched as a direct result of the Directors’ own experience of siting a wind turbine at their farmhouse home: as early adopters of wind turbines Christine & Peter Griffiths found little information available to help them with the process. Over the past 5 years, Christine & Peter have become recognised experts in the micro wind energy arena.
Their knowledge of harnessing wind power is second to none and both have spoken on the subject at a wide variety of venues including Exeter University, the National Homebuilding and Renovating Show, Bristol Airport and locations in Gloucestershire, Cornwall, Wiltshire and Dorset for the Country Landowners Association.
Who does what
Director and Owner, Peter Griffiths: Griffiths is a traditional Welsh surname, and Peter’s roots are firmly in Wales. His father, John Griffiths, was born in Trehebert in the Rhondda Valley, where Peter’s grandfather worked in the mines. It was in Trehebert that John Griffiths met and married Mair Roderick who was the daughter of a Methodist Minister from Talybont.
In 1935 the family left Wales and Peter was educated at Thornbury Grammer School near Bristol which left him with an entrepreneurial spirit and a zest for life. He has been self-employed since he was 20 years old and has established and then sold a number of businesses including Ava-Yellaskip (a waste disposal company) which he sold to a PLC in 1989.
In 1990 Peter started the AAA rated business Avon Cobblestone Limited: Pete remains a partner in the business although his time is increasingly being spent with wind turbines!
In October 2011, Pete became the UK’s first Endurance Wind Power ‘Approved E-Series Installation Supervisor’.
Director and Owner, Christine Griffiths: Christine Griffiths comes from a family of Cornish farmers and was brought up on the farm in Veryan on the Roseland Peninsula and so is no stranger to the challenges faced by today’s farmers. Her father, John Bennett and her grandfather Samuel Eva Bennett were dairy, arable & sheep farmers and many members of her family still live and farm in Cornwall.
Christine’s mother, Joyce, was born in South Africa to Cornish parents and she returned to Redruth when very young. Her mother went on to become the first ‘female’ teller in Barclays Bank in Truro – and Christine has inherited her mother’s drive to push the boundaries!
The youngest of four daughters Christine had a career with Trust House Forte where she worked in London and at THF hotels around the South West and finally settled in Bristol where she met and married Peter in 1983.
During 2012 Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited won the ‘Business of the Year’ award in the Gloucestershire Women in Business Awards in association with Coutts, and during 2012 Christine was a finalist for the ’Business Woman of the Year‘ Award and the ’Outstanding Woman in Construction‘ award. In December 2013 Christine was a finalist in the national, NatWest ‘Everywoman’ awards.
The couple have 2 daughters – Victoria and Jess. Jess works part-time for the company using her skills learnt at Southampton Uni and the Met Office to create accurate site wind-speeds and in March 2014 Victoria joined the family business as CEO of Aeolus Partnerships.
Very many thanks to Emilie Sandy for the photograph!
Victoria Griffiths: Victoria completed her Masters degree in ‘International Business and Development’ in 2012 and after a well-deserved break travelling in South America she joined Aeolus Partnerships in March 2014 as its CEO. Victoria said: "Aeolus Partnerships provide a very real opportunity for farmers, estate managers, businesses and communities to benefit from reduced energy bills at a time when costs are continuing to rise. I am thrilled to be managing this element of the family business and I am looking forward to being part of an industry responsible for driving global environmental change." Before studying for her Master’s degree Victoria worked for 5 years as a project co-ordinator and data analyst in the charity sector.
Matt McKerrow: Matt has a background in agriculture and arboriculture and re-trained in Energy & Environmental Engineering (BEng(Hons)) with a Post Graduate Diploma in Mechanical Engineering to work within the renewable energy industry. His exceptional understanding of biomass along with his practical, engineering background enables him to offer support, advice and guidance for farmers, landowners and businesses considering biomass.
Kate Forss: Kate is Office Manager, and mainly deals with payroll and the accounts. She has been with Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) since 2007.
Kat Devine: Kat is likely to be the first person you speak with on the telephone. She is also the main point of contact between Wind Turbine Technicians and the office. In addition, Kat finds time to support Matt with the development of our biomass business.
Jess Griffiths: Community and Church Advisor. Jess has a BSc in Oceanography & Physical Geography from the University of Southampton, and a Certificate in Theology from Trinity College, Bristol. Jess is meeting with church Dioceses to discuss the ‘Community Turbines’ project which encourages the church to co-operate and implement community energy projects in their local areas. The scheme encourages neighbours to invest in a community turbine (and receive a proportion of the returns) with additional investment from the local church.
Phil Maber: Phil and his teams of technicians install, commission, maintain and test our wind turbine installations.
Fabio Branco: Wind Turbine Technician
Michael Zeegers: Wind Turbine Technician
Ryan Benelhassan: Wind Turbine Technician
Steve Woods: Wind Turbine Technician
Keith Jones: Keith provides electrical and electronics expertise for all our wind turbine installations.
Pauline Edgington: Pauline owns Marketing Edge which is based in Stroud. She is responsible for marketing strategy and plans, advertising, copywriting and press releases.
Jeff Graham: Jeff owns Xor Software, a creative software design company based in Cirencester. At Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited, he is responsible for the web site and the Company’s general IT requirements.
Our Planning Team
Ben Lewis, Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute Director, RenPlan Consulting Ltd
Richard Adams, Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Richard Adams Associates Ltd
Kieran Tarpey, Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute Entrust Entrust
Jonathan Kearsley, Managing Director Mi-Grid
Owain Griffiths, Chartered Surveyor & Chartered Town Planner GVA Grimley
Andrew Pywell, Chartered Town Planner Plan-A Planning & Development Ltd
Phil Cookson, MSc The Holistic Ideas Team
Vince Steele, BA The Holistic Ideas Team
RenewableUK is the trade and professional body for the UK wind and marine renewables industries. Formed in 1978, and with 682 corporate members, RenewableUK is the leading renewable energy trade association in the UK. Its primary purpose is to promote the use of wind, wave and tidal power in and around the UK. It acts as a central point for information for its membership and as a lobbying group to promote wind energy and marine renewables to government, industry, the media and the public. It researches and finds solutions to current issues and generally acts as the forum for the UK wind, wave and tidal industry, and it has an annual turnover in excess of four million pounds.
RenewableUK has published their charter, which sets out how the wind energy industry is delivering significant benefits to the UK and its economy, and how it intends to deliver continued investment which will help the UK to prosper in the future. Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) ltd has also signed up to the Charter. Click on the PDF icon below to download a copy.
RENEWABLE ENERGY ASSOCIATION (REA)
The Renewable Energy Association was established in 2001 to represent British renewable energy producers and promote the use of sustainable energy in the UK. The REA was called the Renewable Power Association until October 2005. It represents a wide variety of organisations, including generators, project developers, fuel and power suppliers, equipment producers and service providers. Members range in size from major multi-nationals to sole traders. Its membership topped 650 during 2010, making it the largest renewable energy industry association in the UK. The REA’s main objective is to secure the best legislative and regulatory framework for expanding renewable energy production in the UK. It undertakes policy development and provides input to government departments, agencies, regulators, NGOs and others.
Regen SW is a leading centre of sustainable energy expertise and pioneering project delivery. Its mission is to enable business, local authorities, community groups, and other organisations to deliver ground-breaking renewable energy and energy efficiency projects with thriving local supply chains. It does this by inspiring change in order to accelerate the delivery of sustainable energy technologies. RegenSW strives to support companies working in the field of sustainable energy to make the most of the opportunities that the sector offers. It also works with local, regional and national decision makers to create the right conditions for investment in sustainable energy projects. Regen SW is a not-for-profit company with its members and Board of directors comprising representatives from the private, voluntary and public sectors.
LOW CARBON SOUTH WEST
Low Carbon South West has the following objectives:
- Support and promote the development of environmental technologies and services in Bristol, Bath and South West England.
- Encourage the adoption of these technologies and services by commercial, industrial and institutional end-users seeking to reduce their carbon footprint.
- Promote Bristol, Bath and South West England as a centre of excellence for sustainability to wider UK and international audiences.
- Facilitate effective networking, knowledge exchange and practical business collaborations between LCSW members and between LCSW as a group and wider networks, for mutual advantage.
- Strengthen links between business and academia within the environmental technology sector, including knowledge transfer, support of training courses and recruitment opportunities.
We sent out a questionnaire to a number of our clients and asked permission to use their replies on our web site.
Some of the comments we received about owning a turbine are :
(a) the best thing about owning a wind turbine:
“producing power” (M Bergius)
“good PR and the FiT payments” (G Bowring)
“constant reminder of the need to reduce energy consumption” (D Morgan)
(b) customer service provided by Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Ltd
“good, attentive, efficient” (M Bergius)
“Excellent. Christine (Griffiths) was always most helpful and available to discuss things on the telephone” (G Bowring)
“very helpful and swift” (D Morgan)
The full feedback forms are also availible here:
- Mr Gareth Russell
- Dairyland, Newquay
- Mr & Mrs Merrit
- Mr Evans
- Mr Dai Davies
- Mr Mike Smith
- Mr Peter Francis & Partners
- Mr Ian McGhie
- Mr & Mrs Allingham
- Mr P Taylor
- Mr Bowring, Giggleswick School
- Mr Martyn Bergius
- Mr Paul Lutey
- St Austell
- Tips on buying a turbine
2013: In December 2013 Christine was a finalist in the national, NatWest ‘Everywoman’ awards.
2012: It was a busy year for Christine Griffiths as she was also a finalist for the national ‘Business Woman of the Year’ award and the ‘Outstanding Woman in Construction’ award.
2012: Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited became the “Business of the Year” at the Gloucestershire Women in Business awards in association with Coutts.
2010: Director, Christine Griffiths became the “Rising Star - Gloucestershire Business Woman of the Year”.
Each year Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Ltd and Peter and Christine Griffiths nominate a charity to help and support.
In 2011 the charity was Macmillan Cancer Care and for a number of years before that the company sponsored an Orphanage in Uganda called the Gangama Babies Home. The money was sent to the church and all was used on the babies. Christine and Peter’s final gift to the Orphanage was a “cow” so that they could access fresh milk.
|Help for Heroes||Alzheimer's Society||Beating Bowel Cancer||Total|
|Total donations between Feb 2012 & Feb 2013||£1875.00||£1375.00||£750.00||£4000.00|
We are using a unique scheme to support 4 charities. As each Endurance Wind Power turbine is installed the owner is asked to select which of four charities they would like to receive a donation of £250. Here is the list of our donations based on those nominations.
Winston’s Wish, the leading childhood bereavement charity in the UK, Farming Community Network, supporting farmers and their families, Motor Neurone Disease Association, the only national charity in the UK for this disabling disease and Legasee, the Veteran Video Archive.
Director, Christine Griffiths says, “These charities support families and individuals through very difficult times, providing information, emotional support and practical advice when needed. Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited is delighted to be supporting these worthwhile causes.”
All the charities request direct donations via cheque or bank transfer except for Farming Community Network which uses JustGiving to manage donations for them.
|Nomination made by||Date||Winston's Wish||Farming Community Network||Motor Neurone Disease Association||Legasee|
|Melton Meats||1st May||£150||£50||£50|
|Mr Turner||10th June||£125||£125|
|Ms Cowling||1st October||£125||£125|
|Professor England||8th October||£250|
|Mr Runciman||27th November||£62.50||£62.50||£62.50||£62.50|
|Mr Morris||11th December||£125||£125|
|Mr & Mrs Allingham||6th June||£250|
|Mr & Mrs Rowlands||6th June||£250|
Farming Community Network
Motor Neurone Disease
Legasee, the Veteran Video Archive
During 2014 we are pleased to be sponsoring:
Nice Bristols: The ‘Nice Bristols’ are a women’s Ultimate Frisbee club based in Bristol. The team was formed in 2004 and has since competed in many domestic and international events, with several of the team also representing Great Britain. In 2013 the team qualified for the World Ultimate Club Championships (WUCC) in Lecco, Italy during August 2014. Jess Griffiths is a member of the team and we are delighted to provide sponsorship for their trip.
Matthew Bray: selected to be part of the Cornish U13 cricket team when they tour South Africa in February. Matthew has since returned from his South Africa trip and has written a letter to Aeolus Power in which he says, "Thank you once again for sponsoring me for my Cornwall cricket South Africa tour. I had an amazing time in South Africa and loved every moment, both on and off the cricket pitch. In total we played 9 games out in South Africa, 5 of which we won! I played my part in the team by taking a total of 5 wickets throughout the matches, and bowled as well as I could to keep the run rate down!" To read more of Matthew's letter please click here.
Richard Smale: who is running the London Marathon in aid the Outward Bound Trust which provides opportunities for disadvantaged children to explore the outdoors.
'Aeolus' - University of Bristol's wind energy car
During 2012 Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Ltd was pleased to sponsor the University of Bristol's entry into the international ‘wind energy’ car race. Teams from around the world challenge each other at an international wind energy car race, which was held last August in Den Helder, Holland. The UK's only entry in the event, Racing AEOLUS, is a team from the University of Bristol's Faculty of Engineering. It was Bristol's second time at the competition.
Racing AEOLUS is a unique competition bringing together teams from across the globe to race their custom designed wind-powered vehicles. During the competition, the vehicles are raced under a variety of conditions to determine which can harness the energy of the wind most efficiently.
Dr Dave Drury, Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering, said: “One of the key benefits of Racing AEOLUS is getting students interested in renewable energy. The race is very rewarding for the students involved, as it gives them the opportunity to work alongside engineers from other disciplines and to gain valuable practical experience. We aim to build on last year's success and we hope that Racing AEOLUS becomes a flagship project at Bristol for many years to come.”
1. Generating money from the FiT – Conference 29.9.09
The long awaited arrival of the new Green Energy Cash Back Scheme, or Feed in Tariff (FiT) announced on 1 February 2010 came as welcome news for owners of wind turbines installed on or after 15th July 2009 as they qualified for the financial benefits offered. Turbine owners prior to that date did not benefit anywhere near as much from the new FiT proposals. Christine Griffiths was at the forefront of a campaign to change the inequality.’
In an attempt to sway the Government and gain FiT benefits for existing turbine owners Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) sponsored a high level national conference in Bristol on 29 September 2009. This successful ‘Generating Business from the Feed in Tariff’ conference was run in partnership with Regen SW and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Christine felt that it was vital for Aeolus Power to take on this pivotal role, and in front of an invited audience she spoke directly to Stephen Souza of DECC to convey the grievances felt by the early adopters of wind turbines.
2. Successful seminars across the South West
During 2009 Christine Griffiths took part in a series of successful seminars and lectures around the South West designed to provide information and guidance about the installation of a wind turbine. She spoke at the ‘Questions you need answers to’ renewable energy consumer seminars in Cirencester, Petherton, Dorchester, Chippenham and Truro and was invited to speak to an invited audience at the Centre for Energy and the Environment in Exeter.
3. Speaking to members of the Country Land Owners Association
Both Peter and Christine Griffiths have used their knowledge of harnessing wind power to speak at a wide variety of venues around the South West and Wales, including locations in Gloucestershire, Cornwall, Wiltshire and Dorset for the Country Landowners Association.
What does our name mean?
Aeolus was a minor God in Greek mythology and lived on the floating island of Aeolia. He was visited by Odysseus and his crew in the Odyssey. He gave hospitality for a month and provided for a west wind to carry them home. Unfortunately he also provided a gift of a bag containing each of the four winds, which Odysseus's crew members opened just before their home was reached. They were blown back to Aeolia, where Aeolus refused to provide any further help. (Odyssey X, 2; Aeneid I, 52).
We like the association with the four winds.