New Wind Energy Record
RenewableUK published a press release on 29.11.13 after confirming with National Grid that a record-breaking amount of clean electricity was generated by wind in the UK today – achieving more than 6GW for the first time.
On Friday 29th November from 14.30-15.00, wind generated an average of 6,004MW, which accounted for 13.5% of the UK’s total electricity demand at that time – enough to power more than 3,410,000 homes.
The previous record, set on 15th September this year, was 5,739MW. That record was broken several times today, with wind regularly generating more than 13% of the UK’s total electricity demand, demonstrating a high consistency of supply (e.g. 11.00-11.30: 5,942MW. 11.30-12.00: 5,910MW, 12.00-12.30, 5,854MW, 12.30-13.00: 5,925MW).
Read the press release in full from Renewable Energy.
Great British Wind Meal
RenewableUK published a press release on 29.11.13 about a special event devised to promote the benefits of onshore wind energy.
On Friday food campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, RenewableUK and energyshare hosted a roundtable discussion and meal where the ingredients are from farms and suppliers powered by wind, celebrating the wind industry’s role in sustaining Britain’s farming communities.
The Great British Wind Meal is unique – the first ever event of its kind – with the menu specially put together by River Cottage Canteen and Deli Plymouth using ingredients donated by a range of farmers and food producers.
The roundtable discussion on wind and farming was supported by Cornwall Council and took place at Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park featuring Maf Smith, Deputy Chief Executive, RenewableUK, Robin Hanbury Tenison, Cornish farmer and author, Nicky Conway, Forum for the Future and was chaired by Bill Martin, the Editor of the Western Morning News.
Read about the event in full here.
AMES - Agricultural Machinery & Equipment Show
We've just signed up for the Agricultural Machinery & Equipment Show at the Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet on 12th February 2014.
The aim of the show is to provide a one stop opportunity to view all types of agricultural equipment, from tractors to fencing tools and feeder wagons to tillage equipment. Any item of agricutural equipment or machinery needed by the Contractor, Livestock or Arable Farmer is covered.
Come and see us on our stand (no TBC) to discuss wind power, biomass and find out more about how renewable energy can reduce your bills.
Action for Renewables - Stand up for Wind campaign
This Autumn the Stand Up for Wind campaign from Action for Renewables has been promoting wind powered food and farming. Many of us take good quality food for granted, and we all know that the fresher it is the better. We rely on our farms every day but for many local UK food producers it’s hard to make ends meet.
That’s why they're calling on the Government to make it easier for farmers to use wind power to support themselves. Wind power is becoming a vital lifeline for farmers. It provides a stable income and helps to power things like milking machinery for dairies, or heat lamps for hatching chicks.
Three years ago the Government said it would make it easier for farmers to use small wind turbines to help power their farms, but they didn't go far enough. Action for Renewables want the Government to put its money where its mouth is and help support British farms to harvest the wind, as well as harvesting food.
Come and see us in December at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair and the Renewable Energy Fair
December is a busy time for the Aeolus Power team. We will be the Royal Welsh Winter Fair on the 2nd & 3rd of December in Builth Wells. Come and see a working biomass boiler in action on stand OS76.
On the 5th we shall be heading east to Newbury for the Renewable Energy Fair. We will be answering your questions on wind energy and biomass.
Wind industry welcomes Energy Secretary’s investment in innovation
RenewableUK has warmly welcomed a ringing endorsement of the wind, wave and tidal energy industries by the Energy Secretary Edward Davey at the trade association’s annual conference in Birmingham.
- The Energy Secretary announces new funding for innovative offshore wind technology
- Mr Davey says Government investment in innovation will help to cut electricity bills
- Industry welcomes Mr Davey’s emphasis on key roles of wind and marine energy
Mr Davey used his speech to "confirm and reconfirm the Government’s commitment to renewable energy". He described onshore wind as "a huge success story and we should be proud of what’s been achieved". The Energy Secretary also highlighted the fact that the UK is the world leader in offshore wind generation, and stated "the UK needs to retain its global lead". He spoke of the Government’s ambition to achieve the "high end" of the deployment offshore, making it clear that any concerns about reducing commitments on deployment levels were misplaced, as the UK has the potential for 39 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind by 2030.
Welcoming Mr Davey’s speech, RenewableUK’s Chief Executive Maria McCaffery said:
"In his keynote speech, Mr Davey made it clear that wind plays a crucial role in the UK’s energy portfolio and that role will continue to increase in importance in the years ahead. The investment he announced is particularly timely, as we are straining every sinew to drive down the costs of offshore wind even further by encouraging innovation in areas where breakthroughs are taking place."
"The Energy Secretary is right to highlight the number of green collar jobs we’ve created, which will increase by thousands in the years to come as long as Government remains supportive. His ringing endorsement of this British success story shows that wind is the cornerstone of this country’s clean energy future".
Earlier today, new evidence was published showing that public support for renewables remains strong. The Department of Energy and Climate Change released the latest wave of results in its Public Attitudes Tracker, which assesses public opinion on renewables four times a year.
Support for generating electricity from renewables remains high at 76% (with only 4% of people opposing). 66% support the development of onshore wind. Support for offshore wind stands at 72%, and wave & tidal energy at 71%.
Christine Griffiths announced as finalist in the national “NatWest everywoman Awards"
The finalists in the 2013 NatWest everywoman Awards are announced today, recognising the women across the UK who are showing the vital contribution that female enterprise makes to the British economy. With Britain ranked one of the top global countries for female entrepreneurs and continued economic growth forecasted these business success stories are a tribute to the women behind them and will inspire others to follow in their footsteps.
In 2007 Christine & her husband launched Aeolus Power, distributing and installing individual wind turbines. With a client base of farmers, landowners and businesses, it provides guidance and expertise to help individuals navigate the complicated paperwork and planning procedure involved with turbine installation.
Christine has grown the company from a kitchen-table enterprise to a team of ten at the purpose-built offices in Pilning, South Gloucestershire, and in 2012 the company had an annual turnover of over £6 million. Aware that the wind turbine sector in the UK faces challenges in terms of public acceptance and local authority approval, Christine and her team explored other renewable energy options and in July 2013 Christine added biomass to the Aeolus Power Group portfolio.
Judges including business founders Chrissie Rucker MBE (The White Company), Wendy Hallett MBE (Hallett Retail), Camilla Stephens (Higgidy) and Anna Lee (Storm Watches) presided over a record-breaking number of entries for this, the most highly regarded awards programme for British female enterprise.
What happens to wind turbines in high winds?
Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited has installed more than 60 Endurance Wind Power E-3120, 80kW wind turbines across the UK, and during the exceptionally windy, stormy weather experienced in October 2013, all of the Company’s installed turbines performed as they are designed to do.
The Endurance Wind Power E-3120 wind turbine has CE certification, a mandatory marking which confirms that the turbine meets EU consumer safety, health and environmental protection legislation and which permits access to the Feed in Tariffs.
Director of Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Pete Griffiths says, "All our turbines worked as expected during the recent windy weather. The Endurance 80kW turbine is designed to shut down automatically when the wind reaches 25 metres/second (or 56 miles per hour), when there is a grid failure or when the blades begin to spin too quickly. This is precisely what happened to all turbines affected by strong winds. The wind turbines shut down when the wind speed reaches 56 miles per hour, and then restart when the wind speed returned to an acceptable level."
Safety is the main consideration when installing a wind turbine. Pete Griffiths is the first Approved ‘Endurance Wind Power, E-Series, Installation Supervisor’ in the UK and he takes exceptional care to ensure that the turbines the company installs are safe. Pete Griffiths says, "Every installation has its own challenges, and safety is always our main criterion. The installation process can be demanding, when it is raining it is difficult for heavy lorries to access the site and when it is very windy then installing a 25m tower is less than straightforward. It is essential that the turbine installation is safe and our detailed procedures make sure that is the case, whatever the conditions."
As the storm of 27th & 28th October 2013 was forecast to be so severe Endurance Wind Power took the unusual step of remotely shutting down all the turbine installations in Cornwall.
A safe installation commences by ensuring that the ground where the turbine will be sited is properly prepared with a strong, stable and safe base. Pete manages access from the highways to the turbine site, ensuring that vehicles carrying the turbine parts, cranes and safety apparatus are all available at the appropriate time and can access the site safely. Working with his team at heights of 25m it is vital that all safety measures are implemented and that the installation process is followed precisely, this includes connecting the turbine to its control box, linking to the national grid and commissioning.
Pete continues, "We ensure that the Endurance Wind Power 50kW wind turbine is sited away from buildings and public spaces. Wind turbines need to be treated with the same respect as other pieces of large, heavy farm machinery such as tractors and combine harvesters, and there must be emphasis placed upon siting the right turbine in the right place."
Please look at the following interesting article from the BBC on what happens to wind turbines in a storm?
Preferential rates for owners of Endurance Wind Power turbines
Aeolus Power delighted to report that Endurance Wind Power and Opus Energy have signed an agreement which gives you market leading rates when selling export electricity. The rate applies to all your export electricity and, depending on production and usage; it can be worth up to £2000 per annum at the Endurance Premium Rate of 5.58p.
We have worked with Opus Energy since 2011 and are pleased that this leading business, energy supplier has agreed to buy all the unused power generated from Endurance-built wind turbines. Opus Energy will also offer these market leading rates to farmers and landowners who purchase an Endurance turbine in the future. To read press release in full click here
Opportunity to benefit from the feed in tariff
The Feed in Tariff (FiT) gives three, welcome, financial benefits:
- A payment for all the electricity you produce, even if you use it yourself.
- Additional bonus payments for electricity you export into the grid.
- A reduction on your standard electricity bill, from using energy you produce yourself.
The Feed in Tariff currently stands at an impressive 21p per kilowatt (kW) of energy produced. It is possible that this benefit will be reduced to 16.8p per kilowatt in April 2014 and allowing for Retail Price Index inflation you would receive 18p per kW. The table below shows the difference that will make to your income.
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If you are seriously considering the installation of a wind turbine there are clear financial benefits of turbine installation before April 2014, and for farmers and landowners turbines remain a viable opportunity to manage energy costs.
If you would like the opportunity to find out more, to move ahead with the process of installation, or to discuss the implications of the changes then please give Aeolus Power a call and we'd be pleased to discuss your project with you.
Successful Quest for ISO 9001 Certification!
On 16th July 2013 Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited successfully met the requirements for registration and was awarded ISO 9001 certification. This confirms that the company implements a Quality System, (certified by QAS according to Standard QAS ISO 9001:2008) with the permitted exclusion of clause 7.3 Design and Development. The company’s Certificate number is A 14098.
ISO 9001 is a globally recognised Quality Management System (QMS) that shows a business is committed to continuous improvement in order to meet the needs of its customers whilst still fulfilling all legal and regulatory requirements.
Under the rigorous management of Mark Parrott, an Aeolus Power Wind Turbine Technician, the work to gain certification began in July 2012 with the production of a series of flowcharts to encapsulate the company’s numerous processes. What was needed, when, how and who was responsible for taking action were all itemised, recorded and set in chronological order within the Procedures Manual. The task involved the entire Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) team as their individual responsibilities were painstakingly integrated into the system of company processes.
As part of the procedure all the company’s forms, standard letters and in-house publications were identified, numbered and added to the documents register in the Procedures Manual.
Director Christine Griffiths said, "It took commitment from the entire Aeolus Power team to ensure that the information held in our Quality Manual and Procedures Manual was accurate, relevant and easy to understand. As part of our ongoing commitment to excellence we installed an electronic Quality Management System to ensure that the right things are done at the correct time and that the appropriate people are all involved. We are particularly grateful to Mark for ensuring we all stayed on track, committed and involved."
The entire company now operates to the processes identified in ISO 9001 and continuous auditing will ensure an ongoing commitment to improvement. It took Aeolus Power (Wind- Energy) Limited 12 months to obtain full certification.
Majority of voters back financial support for wind and tidal power
RenewableUK, the trade association representing the wind, wave and tidal industry, has welcomed a new YouGov poll commissioned by the Sunday Times which shows strong backing for financial support for wind and tidal power, with a majority of each of Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats and UKIP voters saying that the Government should continue incentivising the technologies.
Overall 65% of people believe that the Government is right to spend money encouraging wind energy technology, with 76% agreeing for tidal power. Comparative figures for other technologies are 40% support for incentivisation for shale gas, 57% for clean coal, and 79% for solar. Read the press release from RenewableUK.
Aeolus Power launches into Biomass
Aeolus Power is adding a range of biomass stoves & boilers to its portfolio. As an established, well known supplier and installer of wind turbines the move into Biomass enables Aeolus Power to offer farmers and landowners the opportunity to benefit from the Renewable Heat Incentive and to reduce heating costs on the farm or estate. The biomass boilers can be used to heat a single building or a number of properties in close proximity and provides the opportunity for many farmers to manage their own fuel supplies.
Director of Aeolus Power, Christine Griffiths said, ‘Biomass systems offer farmers and landowners the chance to dry grain or potatoes, heat poultry sheds or provide a cost effective heating system to farmhouse & cottage accommodation. We are able to install a range of boilers which can use a variety of fuels including straw, pellets and logs. The size of the boiler and fuel chosen will be dependent upon the needs & location of individual farms and estates.’
Take a look at the Aeolus Power (Biomass) Ltd website.
APWE exhibiting at the Livestock & Dairy Show
Come and see us at stand no: DF308 in Hall 20 at the NEC Birmingham 3-4th July 2013
Preparations are well under way for the Livestock & National Dairy Show at the NEC, Birmingham, 3-4th July 2013. We shall be taking a nacelle, turbine head, which will be available for viewing on our stand.
The show presents a unique opportunity for all dairy, beef, sheep, goat, pig and poultry farmers as well as farm managers, stockman, consultants, processors and retailers to see the best livestock, equipment, products and services available in the UK market.
We will be on hand to answer all your queries on wind turbines.
Endurance Wind Power E-3120 turbine Open Day in the Scottish Borders on Wednesday 26th June
We are holding an Endurance Wind Power E-3120 turbine Open Day in the Scottish Borders on Wednesday 26th June.
The half-day will include a visit to the turbine, specialists discussing planning requirements, funding options, suitable siting for turbines, the specification of the Endurance E-3120 and there will also be the chance to speak directly with the farmer about the process of installing a wind turbine.
There will be an opportunity to experience the turbine’s size, understand noise levels and to see how the wind turbine works from a mechanical perspective. There is no charge for the event and a light lunch will be provided.
To reserve your place at the event please call Jenn Riando - 01454 633 323
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Aeolus Power (Wind Energy) Ltd proud to sponsor Matthew Bray
Aeolus Power (Wind Energy) Ltd are very proud to sponsor Matthew Bray. He has been selected to play for the Cornish Cricket Under 13 team. The team are going on tour to South Africa in February 2014. Matthew currently plays for Grampound Road Cricket Club where he is a member of the Under 13 squad.
On-hand to speak to Green Lib Dems about wind energy
Christine Griffiths, Director of Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited will be attending the Green Liberal Democrats Annual Conference at the University of the West of England on Saturday 15th June 2013. Rt Hon Ed Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change will be attending and making a keynote speech on the 3 E's - Economy, Environment and Energy. There will be a range of workshops sessions on topics such as:
- Shouldn't all Tax be Green? - tax and the economy driving green jobs hosted by Stephen Williams MP
- Free-riding the Green Wave - business and innovation in wave, wind and tidal technology hosted by Merlin Hyman (Marine Energy Park), Rupert Armstrong and Tessa Munt MP.
Other eminent speakers and MP's will be in attendance.
Penzance dairy farm is 'top performer' in UK!
A wind turbine installed near Penzance by Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited is producing more power than any other Endurance Wind Power E-3120 in the UK. The turbine was installed on Brew dairy farm in November 2012 and it has been providing energy for the milking robotics ever since.
Monitoring of the turbine is possible as a result of TOPAZ (Turbine Output Performance AnalyZer) which Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited attaches to all its turbines. Each owner of an E-3120 Endurance wind turbine has their own, password protected TOPAZ page on the Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) website and they are able to check the performance of their wind turbine whenever they wish. The performance data is updated on an hourly basis and includes average wind speed over the last hour, the peak wind speed over the last 24 hours, the power being generated and cumulative energy output since installation.
The turbine is also supported by ERIC, an Endurance Wind Power monitoring system which provides an instant update of the turbine's status, reviews maintenance needs and allows the turbine to be remotely stopped and restarted when necessary. At its current rate of operation, the turbine in Penzance is likely to reach more than 290,000kWh in its first 12 months of operation.
Director of Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited, Christine Griffiths said, "We are delighted with the performance of this turbine and its exceptional performance shows the importance of correctly siting the turbine. Unusually the turbine is almost at sea level and it has the advantage of turbulent free wind coming onto land from the sea."
Director, Christine Griffiths, meets Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change - Rt Hon Ed Davey MP
On Wednesday 10th April 2013 Christine Griffiths, Director of Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited, attended a breakfast meeting in London with the Rt Hon Ed Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change. During the breakfast Mr Davey detailed the government’s policy on energy and specifically the growing requirement for renewable energy in the UK and discussed with those present the challenges facing companies within the energy/renewable energy sectors.
Aeolus Power is a specialist wind energy company focusing on individual wind turbines for farmers, landowners, communities & businesses. Director, Christine Griffiths says, "The meeting gave those attending the opportunity to raise with Mr Davey a number of key issues relevant to their sectors – for Aeolus and the farmers and landowners that we represent - the specific problems are obtaining planning permission and insufficient grid capacity."
The breakfast was attended by representatives of 20 companies across the Energy spectrum including those working with off-shore wind, energy supply and renewables.
HSBC International Women’s Day
On Friday 8th March 2013, International Women’s Day, Christine Griffiths was invited to talk to 60 successful business women about her own business journey and the experiences, challenges and high points of running a thriving business in the wind energy sector. The event was held in the Bristol offices of the HSBC Commercial Department and the company had invited female entrepreneurs and customers from across the South West and South Wales to attend.
Christine delighted the audience by explaining how she had previously worked in a support role for her husband’s business but that she had ’come out of the shadows‘ to become the manager and public face of Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited. She described how her determination to reduce fuel bills at the family‘s farmhouse home led to the installation of their own wind turbine and how the lack of information available whilst going through that process made her determined to help others understand precisely what is needed to install a wind turbine.
Having installed a wind turbine herself she empathises with the frustration about the time it takes to obtain planning permission, how the regulatory paper work can seem daunting and how seeing a working turbine offers the very best way to evaluate noise levels, its size and performance.
HSBC had assembled a distinguished group of speakers for the day starting with Lara Morgan who in 1991, at the age of 23, started her first business, Pacific Direct Ltd, which manufactured and sold brand licensed toiletries and amenities to the hotel industry. Seventeen years later, she sold her majority share (99%) in 2008 for the sum of £20million.
Chief Superintendent of Avon & Somerset Police, Nikki Watson, gave an illuminating talk about a career in the constabulary and provided insights into management techniques, the need to remain consistent and how a personal mentor or ’sounding board‘ is essential – a sentiment echoed by all the women speakers.
Nigel Jew of Action Coach completed the day by encouraging the business women in the room to plan for success and to continue striving to do even better.
HSBC International Women's Day from left-right - Victoria Bernard-Hayklan, HSBC Regional Commercial Sales & Service Manager; Nikki Watson, Chief Superintendent of Avon & Somerset Police; Gary Burton, HSBC SW & Wales Regional Commercial Director; Christine Griffiths, Director Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited; Sam Keane, HSBC International Commercial Manager
Renewable energy expert profile - Christine Griffiths
Like many energy experts, Christine Griffiths’ passion for renewables came from a will to cut her electricity bills and at the same time reduce her environmental footprint.
A wind turbine seemed the only viable option to provide enough green electricity to power and heat her family’s Grade II listed house in Bristol, when the obvious option – solar photovoltaics – was deemed unsuitable by planners. "The planner said we weren’t allowed to put anything on the roof because it was a listed building, so he suggested putting a wind turbine in the orchard," says Mrs Griffiths, who was recently shortlisted for the Businesswoman of the Year Award 2012. To read the article in full please look at the Farmers Guardian website.
News from BusinessGreen.com
Almost four out of five people support the UK using renewable energy to generate electricity, fuel and heat, according to a major survey published by the government today.
Of the 2,107 people polled in December and January just four per cent were opposed to using renewable energy, a number that has remained consistent across the previous three attitudes surveys conducted by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Director of Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Ltd, Christine Griffiths, adds her comments on this article.
Director of Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Ltd, Christine Griffiths, motivates entrepreneurs in Bristol
On Thursday 22nd November 2012 Director of Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited, Christine Griffiths, addressed over 120 entrepreneurs at the Outset Bristol ‘Come Fly with Us’ conference held in the Friary Building at Cabot Circus, Bristol.
Christine Griffiths was asked to attend the Outset Bristol 2nd year celebrations as ‘inspirational speaker’ and she charmed the audience with her personal journey of starting a business, the highs and lows along the way, and why she believes the business has been so successful. “Running a business is not a steady, even, level path, there are ups and downs and to some extent it is like having a young baby to care for – wonderful when they take their first few steps and then dreadful when they dribble down the front of your great aunt’s favourite party dress!”
The audience listened attentively to a speaker whose business idea was to help people install wind turbines; that idea became a passion and 5 years later led to a successful renewable energy business. Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited is a specialist wind energy company, offering information, expertise and advice to those considering the installation of a wind turbine.
2012 has been a busy year for Christine; she was winner of the ‘Business of the Year’ Award in the Gloucestershire Women in Business Awards in association with Coutts, and award finalist for both the national ‘Business Woman of the Year’ and ‘Outstanding Woman in Construction’.
Outset Bristol is a fully funded programme that launched in November 2010 with the aim of supporting people from under-represented enterprise groups in Bristol to start their own businesses. It offers flexible, high quality and practical support in a supportive environment.
Open to everyone living within Bristol City Council’s boundaries particularly women, people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, unemployed, people with disabilities, young people, the over 50s and those living in deprived wards. Outset Bristol has helped thousands of people unlock their potential and work for themselves.
Christine says, “In running Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited I am the public face of the company but it is having a team of enthusiasts, experts and energetic people with me that makes all the difference.”
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Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited would like to thank Nick Williams Photography for the images.
For further information about Outset Bristol please view their website.
Endurance Wind Power’s operational fleet hours soars to over 2 million in less than 3 years
Endurance Wind Power (EWP), a leading manufacturer of advanced distributed wind turbines 5 to 80kW in size and future manufacturer of Norwin’s mid-size wind turbines, is pleased to announce that its E-3120 80kW wind turbine has successfully attained more than two million fleet hours of operation in less than three years.
Read more in the PDF file of the press release. Click on the icon below to download your own copy.
New poll shows clear majority of people want more wind farms
[Press release from RenewableUK 22nd October 2012]
- 69% of British public want current level of wind energy increased or maintained
- Only 17% of people support more gas and coal power stations
- Less than one-third of those questioned back “fracking” for shale gas
- More people say rising fossil fuel prices are the main reason for pushing up bills than those who blame carbon emission targets for increases
An independent opinion poll published by YouGov shows that a clear majority of the British public want more wind farms to be built. 55% of those questioned say the number of UK wind farms should be higher than it is at present. 14% say it should be maintained at current levels.
The survey (commissioned by the Sunday Times) also shows that wind energy has much greater public support than nuclear power and fossil fuels. Only 40% of British people want more nuclear, just 17% of people want more gas and coal-fired power stations, and 11% support more oil.
Less than a third of those questioned (32%) supported “fracking” - fracturing rocks to extract shale gas, which, the survey notes, could risk contaminating ground water as well as causing minor earthquakes. (30% opposed fracking and 38% didn’t know).
The only source of energy more popular than wind was solar power, with 72% in favour.
Most of the figures tally broadly with those revealed by the same survey carried out a year ago, showing a consistent level of support for renewables.
RenewableUK’s Deputy Chief Executive Maf Smith said: “This is an unequivocal vote of confidence in renewable energy. A clear majority of British people support building more wind farms to meet our country’s clean energy needs. That support is consistently strong, in this and other independent polls. One stark message from this survey is the public’s evident disenchantment with fossil fuels, including the unpopularity of fracking for shale gas. The British public is telling us that we are right to be making this landmark transition from a perilous fossil fuel addiction to a low-carbon future”.
The poll also shows that only 11% of people think that government targets for reducing carbon emissions are the main cause for an increase in the cost of energy, compared to 17% (over 50% more) who say the rising prices of oil and gas are to blame for the hike in our energy bills. Only 4% think investing in new infrastructure and power plants is the main reason for bills going up.
Maf Smith commented: “The poll also shows that investing in clean energy to safeguard our environment for the future has a significantly higher level of public support than paying more and more for non-renewables like gas and oil”.
Follow these links for further information:
The YouGov survey (a weighted sample of 1734 people conducted online 18th-19th October 2012): YouGov survey
DECC survey in September 2012 showing public support for wind energy: Link on RenewableUK web site
Ipsos MORI survey April 2012 showing public support for wind energy: Link on RenewableUK web site
Finalist in the Businesswoman of the Year Award 2012 - the result
At an awards luncheon in Birmingham on Friday 5th October Christine Griffiths, Director of Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited was delighted to have been one of the six finalists for the Businesswoman of the Year Award 2012. In its 30th year, celebrates personal achievement and success outside London in the areas of female enterprise and personal achievement.
Judy Groves, awards chair, said “To be named on the shortlist for this prestigious event is a fantastic achievement. Every single candidate was a potential winner and with each one of them ticking so many boxes it really shows the quality of this competition.” The six women shortlisted for this year's award were Christine Griffiths, director of Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited, Andrea Miles, director of Mirrors for Training, Emma Elston, co-founder of UK Container Maintenance, Sarah Cressall, managing director of The Creation Station, Vivienne Hudson-Findlay, managing director of Hotelshop UK, and Sheree Cook, director at Cube Environmental. The eventual winner was Emma Elston.
The judges were seeking women who have made a significant contribution to the financial success and performance of an organisation either as a senior executive or as an entrepreneur setting up her own business. The judging criteria reflected the different skills, abilities and influence of these two types of businesswomen.
Previous winners include Dragons Den's Hilary Devey, Karren Brady, one of Sir Alan Sugar's trusted aides on The Apprentice and vice-chairman at West Ham United, Sarah Tremellen, founder and chief executive of Bravissimo, and Perween Warsi, founder of S&A Foods.
Guest speaker, renowned designer and entrepreneur Karen Millen, told the audience of 500 influential women about her campaign to support young cancer victims. She was joined by the 2011 Businesswoman of the Year Julie White who enthralled the audience with stories from the hectic 12 months that followed her success at last year's event.
At the event Christine Griffiths was seated next to Martine Wright, Paralympic star and London bombings survivor, who was named the Vitalise Woman of Achievement 2012. Christine Griffiths says, “It was a great pleasure to be sat next to such a charming, gifted and awe-inspiring woman.”
In 2009 Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited became the first UK approved installed of the Endurance Wind Power E-3120 wind turbine and the company has installed over 33 of these best-in-class turbines across the UK from Scotland to Cornwall and from Wales to Lincolnshire. The company has 2 full time installation teams and employs 10 people. The female members of the Aeolus team travelled by train to support Christine at the awards ceremony.
Endurance Wind Power has formed a strategic alliance with Norwin
Endurance Wind Power has formed a strategic alliance with Norwin, a Danish manufacturer of 200kW, 225kW, 500kW and 750kW wind turbines.
Norwin mid-sized wind turbines are larger and much more cost effective than residential-scale turbines, but smaller than the multi-megawatt turbines used in large, expansive wind farms.
The Norwin wind turbines are the perfect size for supplying clean electricity to farms, industrial parks, commercial complexes, shopping centres, hotels, islands and remote areas with hybrid diesel and wind power systems and smaller wind parks up to e.g. 30 MW in size.
See also the press release from Endurance Wind Power.
Finalist in the Businesswoman of the Year Award 2012
Christine Griffiths, Director of Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited is one of six finalists for the Businesswoman of the Year Award 2012. The award winner will be announced at the 2012 Women of the Year Luncheon and Awards held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on Friday, October 5 2012. In its 30th year, the event celebrates personal achievement and success outside London in the areas of female enterprise and personal achievement.
The six women shortlisted for this year’s award are Christine Griffiths, director of Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited, Andrea Miles, director of Mirrors for Training, Emma Elston, co-founder of UK Container Maintenance, Sarah Cressall, managing director of The Creation Station, Vivienne Hudson-Findlay, managing director of Hotelshop UK, and Sheree Cook, director at Cube Environmental.
The judges are seeking a woman who has made a significant contribution to the financial success and performance of an organisation either as a senior executive or as an entrepreneur setting up her own business. The judging criteria will reflect the different skills, abilities and influence of these two types of businesswomen.
The Women of the Year Luncheon and Awards aims to recognise the outstanding contributions made by women to our economy by highlighting female role models in society and business. Judy Groves, awards chair, said: “Each year we have a different flavour to the type of entries we receive and this year’s candidates have an extremely entrepreneurial flavour to them. As always, the quality of the entrants is extremely high. We have a great selection of women who played crucial roles in helping businesses across a wide range of industries perform extremely well despite the tough economic climate. To be named on the shortlist for this prestigious event is a fantastic achievement in its own right, so whoever is named Businesswoman of the Year will be a worthy winner.”
From a desk in her spare room in 2007 Christine Griffiths has developed Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited into a multi million pound business and forged one of the most successful companies in the competitive wind energy market. Afraid of heights, so with her feet firmly on the ground, she has lobbied the government on sustainability policies, addressed over 150 women as a ‘keynote speaker’, trekked 120 kilometres through the foot hills of the Himalayas and on a daily basis tackles canny FedEx traders about the dollar to sterling exchange rate. She runs her business in the way she runs her home and all other aspects of her life, with integrity, openness and a huge dose of enthusiasm. Christine says, “There are only a handful of women involved with wind energy and if I could provide inspiration for the millions of women who would like to start their own business, in whatever capacity, that would be wonderful.”
Previous winners include Suzie Norton, former chief executive of Screen WM, Karren Brady, one of Sir Alan Sugar’s trusted aides on The Apprentice and vice-chairman at West Ham United, Sarah Tremellen, founder and chief executive of Bravissimo, and Perween Warsi, founder of S&A Foods.
This year’s event will see renowned designer and entrepreneur Karen Millen tell the audience of influential businesswomen about her campaign to support young cancer victims. The celebrated founder of one of Europe’s leading fashion brands will be on stage to answer questions about her business vision and successes, as well as telling an audience of more than 500 businesswomen about why she is so passionate in her support for Teens Unite Fighting Cancer, an organisation dedicated to improving the lives of young people aged between 13-24 with life limiting illnesses.
She will be joined by 2011 Businesswoman of the Year Julie White, who will be on hand to tell the audience about the hectic 12 months that followed her success at last year’s event.
The luncheon will also raise money for Vitalise, a national charity providing essential services for the disabled, visually impaired and their carers. The charity runs five centres nationwide, offering short breaks with 24-hour care and personal support in relaxed surroundings.
Successful company renews contract with Canada
Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited has successfully renewed its contract with Canadian wind turbine manufacturer Endurance Wind Power for a further three years. In 2009 Directors Christine and Pete Griffiths travelled to Canada to discuss supplying and installing the Endurance E-3120 wind turbine and as a result Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited became the first approved supplier and installer of the turbine in the UK. On 7th September 2012 that contract was renewed for a further 3 years and Kevin Heaney, Vice President, Worldwide Sales & Marketing, Endurance Wind Power says, “Aeolus Power was the first distributor that we appointed in the UK, way back in 2009 and our relationship continues to go from strength to strength.”
Since then the Aeolus Power has had much success with this best-in-class turbine and has installed over 33 Endurance Wind Power E-3120 turbines across the UK. Its installations can be found as far apart at Cornwall, Scotland Wales and Lincolnshire. The company now has two turbine installation teams and employs 10 people from its offices in Pilning, South Gloucestershire. Director, Christine Griffiths, says, “We are delighted to be continuing our relationship with Endurance Wind Power as the E-3120 turbine is ideal for many farms and community energy projects across the Country.” The company has successfully installed turbines in suitably windy sites including those for the Gorran Community Project, the Brocklesby Estate and Lanyon Holiday Cottages.
Kevin Heaney welcomes Pete & Christine Griffiths of Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited to the Endurance Wind Power head office in Vancouver, Canada during their visit w/c 3 September 2012.
Successful Royal Welsh Show
Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited was at the Royal Welsh Show in Builth Wells. They spoke with farmers and landowners interested in wind energy and advised them of the financial benefits, planning requirements and wind speeds needed for installing a wind turbine.
Farmers were surprised and pleased to hear that Aeolus Power offers a range of flexible finance opportunities for wind turbine installations of 80kW or above, including total ownership, part ownership and land leasing arrangements. Tessa Cook of Aeolus Power, a native Welsh speaker, was on hand to answer questions about the company’s range of turbines.
Director Pete Griffiths says, “The Endurance Wind Power 80kW wind turbine is best-in-class and ideally suited to the needs of most farms and many of those at the Show wanted to find out more about it. We were pleased to help.”
Pete was also asked to speak in the lecture theatre and provide information about the company’s successful performance monitoring device TOPAZ (Turbine Output Performance AnalyZer).
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Charity donations reach over £2,000
Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) has donated £2,250 to charity during 2012. As turbines are installed, their owners are asked to nominate one of three charities to benefit from a donation of £250. The charities supported by Aeolus Power during 2012 are Help for Heroes (donations made of £1,250), the Alzheimer’s Society (donations made of £500) and Beating Bowel Cancer (donations made of £500).
CLA Game Fair cancelled
As a result of the extremely wet conditions experienced over the past month the CLA Game Fair (20 to 22 July) at Belvoir Castle has been cancelled.
We have our fingers crossed for the Royal Welsh Show (23 to 26 July). Weather permitting we can be found in the Energy Now, Renewable Energy section, within the Countryside Care area. Please do come and visit us!
Celebration of Wind Energy at the Royal Cornwall Show
Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited held a ‘celebration of wind power’ at the Royal Cornwall Show on 7th, 8th and 9th of June 2012. All those in Cornwall for whom Aeolus Power had installed a wind turbine were invited to come to the show, share a glass of champagne and discuss their turbine’s performance with that of others across the county.
Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) offers its customers free installation of TOPAZ (its unique Turbine Output Performance AnalyZer) with the installation of an Endurance Wind Power E-3120 turbine. Each owner has their own, password protected page on the Aeolus Power website and they are able to check the performance of their wind turbine whenever they wish. The performance data is updated on an hourly basis and includes average wind speed over the last hour, the peak wind speed over the last 24 hours, the power being generated and cumulative power generation since installation.
An Endurance Wind Power E-3120 turbine head, nacelle or hub was available for viewing on the stand and interested farmers were able to examine the head and understand more about its performance, safety features and size.
Director of Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited says, “We wanted to say thank you to our customers for choosing to purchase their turbine from us. Some of the turbines have been installed for well over 18 months and the owners took great delight in comparing notes on the performance of their turbine versus its neighbour!”
Family passion embraces the church
Jessica Griffiths, the younger daughter of directors Pete & Christine Griffiths is also flying the family flag for renewable energy. Combining her passion for Geography and for Theology, earlier this month Jess published her report on the use of wind energy within the Church and communities. The report focuses on the Church’s role in the environment. Jess says, “I really hope that the report will help remove some of the stigma attached to wind turbines and that Churches will become more involved in wind energy as a means of sustainable living.”
Jess has a BSc in Oceanography & Physical Geography from the University of Southampton, and a Certificate in Theology from Trinity College, Bristol.
Your chance to achieve the CBE
Friends of the Earth’s new Clean British Energy campaign aims to deliver a mighty message about the desire among people, organisations, companies and institutions for government to use Electricity Market Reform to deliver a rapid switch to renewable energy.
We already know that 70 per cent of people support the move away from coal and gas and towards Clean British Energy.
Friends of the Earth wants tens of thousands of individuals and organisations to demonstrate their commitment to a secure future for renewables. In return for coming on board and supporting Friends of the Earth’s campaign, you will be given a CBE (Clean British Energy) award, which you can then place prominently on your website and put up in your offices.
To earn your CBE:
1. Sign a joint statement to David Cameron and Ed Davey to commit to Clean British Energy for a clean and affordable electricity market (see the text below).
2. Make a public commitment to increase the proportion of clean British energy you buy in your next round of purchasing and set a goal of 50 per cent by 2020 and 100 per cent by 2030. Working with our partners, we can help you achieve your goals.
3. Promote the Clean British Energy campaign to your customers and make a song and dance about it with your competitors; challenge them to join too. Buying clean British energy will become cheaper the more companies do it.
Many organisations stand to gain from fast growth in renewable energy, creating thousands of jobs and making the UK resilient to the growing costs of fossil fuels as well as putting us on track to meet our climate change commitments. If you share the vision for Clean British Energy, contact Simon Bowens at Friends of the Earth on 0113 2428150 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A joint statement to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
Dear Prime Minister and Secretary of State,
We, the undersigned, want to maximise the potential of Clean British Energy from renewable sources. We believe that renewable energy will:
- Help to ensure the UK cuts carbon emissions in line with the Climate Change Act.
- Deliver thousands of jobs and training for highly skilled workers.
- Produce an affordable, secure and sustainable source of energy.
- Open up our electricity market to new businesses and organisations.
- Enable businesses, individuals and communities to generate their own electricity.
- Allow the UK to be a world leader in renewable energy technology.
We believe that renewable energy is at the very heart of the UK’s economic future.
The Government’s proposed Electricity Market Reform must deliver a secure future for renewable energy and not burden the UK with a future of imported fossil fuels and dangerous nuclear waste.
We urge you to use this opportunity to secure a bright future for Clean British Energy.
WINNER – BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 2012
Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited has been selected as the Business of the Year 2012 in the Gloucestershire Echo & Citizen Women in Business Awards in association with title sponsors Coutts.
At a sparkling evening on 29th March 2012 in Cheltenham Racecourse’s stylish Centaur Hall, Christine Griffiths, Director of Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited, accepted the award for Business of the Year.
Christine Griffiths says, “I am absolutely thrilled to have won this Business of the Year award as it recognises the real effort, commitment and enthusiasm provided by the entire Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) team.”
To win the award the judges were looking for a profitable business that either has a female owner or a high percentage of women on the senior management team. The organisation must have had a positive impact on the economy of Gloucestershire and be able to show a passion for innovative products, services or processes as well as expansion into new markets and different areas of business activity.
Christine Griffiths was delighted that Mrs Joanne Rankin and Mr David Rankin (Vice President Business & Corporate Development at Endurance Wind Power Inc – Canada) could join her party at the award ceremony. Celebrating late into the night was on-hold however as Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited was hosting an Open Day at one of its Endurance Wind Power E-3120 installations in South Wales the following morning.
Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited is a specialist wind turbine supply and installation business. The company offers experience, guidance and support to individuals and communities that want to install a wind turbine, providing advice on the minimum wind speed required to site a turbine, the best turbine for the location, things to consider when applying for planning permission and ways to finance the project. The Company also installs, commissions and maintains wind turbines. When launching the company Christine Griffiths was determined to offer the kind of service, expertise and leadership that had not been available when she went through the process of purchasing her own wind turbine in 2005.
All the winners at the Gloucestershire Echo & Citizen Women in Business Award
The Aeolus Power Wind Energy Team at Awards Dinner with Sally Gunnell
On Wednesday 14th March 2012, the Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited team enjoyed a glittering night out in Manchester with Olympic legend Sally Gunnell. Sally was guest speaker at the national ‘Women in Construction Awards 2012’ and Aeolus director Christine Griffiths had been shortlisted for the Outstanding Woman in Construction award.
The event took place at the The Point, Lancashire County Cricket Ground where more than 3500 people from across the UK attended. This was the first time that Christine Griffiths had entered the most fiercely contested of the awards, the ‘Outstanding Woman in Construction Award’ sponsored by Savills and against tough opposition from over 30 other business women across the UK, Christine was successful in making the short list. Kevin Heaney, VP UK Sales - Endurance Wind Power, Canada attended as guest of Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited.
Ofgem has just released the Renewables Obligation (RO) Annual Report for 2010/11. It’s findings show that on-shore wind cost households just £4.68 last year.
Despite scaremongering from the pro gas and nuclear lobby – figures out this week show that on-shore wind added less than £5 to household energy bills last year.
Ofgem has just released the Renewables Obligation (RO) annual report for 2010/11, which is the main support mechanism for encouraging the growth of renewable energy in the UK – including both on–shore and off–shore wind, wave, tidal, biomass and landfill gas. Ofgem’s report shows that the RO added just £15.15 to the annual energy bill of the United Kingdom’s 26.3 million households - with just £4.68 of that supporting on-shore wind.
By comparison, the rising cost of imported gas added around £120 to energy bills last year. This increase in the cost of gas added more than 10% to energy bills, while support for on-shore wind added less than 0.05%.
Ignoring the real reason for rising energy bills – imported gas – 101 Conservative MPs recently wrote to Prime Minister David Cameron saying “in these financially straightened times, we think it is unwise to make consumers pay on-shore wind turbines, through taxpayer subsidy”.
Endurance Wind Power commissions new Test Site in the UK for its E-3120 80kW Wind Turbine
TUV-NEL Site will Certify Turbine’s Energy Production
Endurance Wind Power (EWP), manufacturer of advanced wind turbines 80kW in size, designed specifically for distributed wind power applications, today announced it commissioned a third turbine for use on a new test site in South Lanarkshire, Scotland.
The primary purpose of the new site will be to authenticate the E–3120 turbine’s energy production capabilities and to certify and validate the power curve. Endurance Wind Power has two other test sites, one in Quebec, Canada, and the other in Utah, in the United States.
“It is a unique position for a company in the distributed wind sector to have three separately located, instrumented test units around the world. Our test fleets enhance the depth of our design and development capabilities and provide the opportunity for Endurance to pursue new product testing for design, safety, durability, performance, and low operational acoustics in a broad variety of wind and environmental conditions,” said Dr. Daryl Musselman, P.Eng., VP of Engineering, EWP.
The new site will be established in a third-party testing facility, at the world-class TUV-NEL test site. TUV-NEL has been a leading provider of research, testing, and technical consulting for more than 60 years. They have some of the most modern and sophisticated test, analysis, and experiment facilities, and an impressive reputation as a worldwide center for engineering excellence and mechanical design.
“As an industry, test sites like these together with the new Feed–In–Tariff’s (FIT) program rates further emphasize the demand for reliable and certified turbines for end-consumers. Our third party certification will provide additional consumer security and confidence in the E-3120. This investment will broaden our ability to provide an exceptionally well designed, tested, and certified wind turbine to the market,” said Peter Tyszewicz, Chief Operating Officer, EWP.
Our first Open Day in Wales
We are holding our first Open Day in Wales at the newly opened turbine at Rhoshill in Cardigan (see the next News items for further details). The Open Day is an opportunity for farmers and landowners to see an Endurance Wind Power E-3120 turbine in action for themselves.
The Open Day will be held near Rhoshill, Cardigan on Friday 30th March between 10 am and 2pm. Delegates will be given the opportunity to visit the turbine, understand planning requirements and learn more about joint ownership schemes.
Places are limited, so please call Jenn on 01454 633323 to book your place now!
We will be holding another Open Day in South Wales during May and attending the Royal Welsh Show in July. We run Endurance Wind Power 80kW Open Days on a regular basis, so please call 01454 633323 for more information.
Farmers in Wales love the Strong Coastal Winds
On Valentine’s Day 2012, Mr & Mrs Allison of Rhoshill in Cardigan started to benefit from the strong winds blowing across their land from the Atlantic: their Endurance Wind Power E-Series, 80kW wind turbine was commissioned and began to generate electricity for their farm.
The energy produced by the wind turbine will be used in the milking shed of their dairy farm to reduce the substantial electricity costs. The installation is eligible for the Feed in Tariff benefits, which for wind turbines of this size have been held at the current rates until October 2012.
Slightly inland, the farm benefits from the strong costal winds coming from the Atlantic and is in an ideal, windy position to site a turbine. Bill Jackson of Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Ltd provided a full site survey and specifically a wind report to enable a ‘payback period’ to be assessed, and funding for the project supported. Director of the company Christine Griffiths says, “We are delighted to have partnered Mr &Mrs Allison in installing this Endurance Wind Power turbine. The strong on-shore wind meant that their farm was ideally situated for the installation of this excellent turbine.”
The best-in-class Endurance E-Series 80kW wind turbine was chosen for installation after Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited assessed the farm’s wind speed, its electricity needs and its position. An application for planning permission was submitted on 5th August 2011 and permission was granted on 29th September 2011.
The Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) unique remote monitoring service “TOPAZ” (Turbine Operation Performance AnalyZer) has been installed at the turbine so that the couple can monitor the performance of their wind turbine by accessing a personal ‘password protected’ page on the Aeolus Power website at any time.
Launch of Turbine Output Performance AnalyZer – “TOPAZ”
Wind turbine specialist supplier and installer Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited will be launching its remote, Turbine Output Performance AnalyZer service ‘TOPAZ’ at the RegenSW, Renewable Energy Marketplace event in Exeter on Thursday 8th March 2012.
TOPAZ (Turbine Output Performance AnalyZer) allows customers of Aeolus Power to monitor the performance of their wind turbines at anytime, day or night. Each owner of an Endurance Wind Power E-Series, 80kW wind turbine has their own, password protected page on the Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) website and they are able to check the performance of their wind turbine whenever they wish. The performance data is updated on an hourly basis and includes average wind speed over the last hour, the peak wind speed over the last 24 hours, the power being generated and cumulative power generation since installation.
Director of Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited, Christine Griffiths, says, “We have been testing TOPAZ over the past months and it provides a much sought after our service to our customers. Once a wind turbine has been installed what the owner really wants to know is ‘How is it performing’? Our customers now have access to that information 24 hours a day.”
The information recorded by TOPAZ is available numerically and it can also be reproduced in graphical form to allow performance comparisons versus the previous week, prior month and the preceding year.
The monitoring system has been developed with the assistance of specialist electronic design company Xor Systems. The company has developed a device which requests information from the turbine, tracks performance and transfers it automatically to the associated page of the Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) website. A small computer fits into the control cabinet of the wind turbine and communicates with the Aeolus Power website via the mobile phone network. Developer Jeff Graham says, “I have worked closely with Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) and their customers to ensure that the technology fitted precisely the wants and needs of the turbine owners.”
The information provided by TOPAZ is accessed at least daily by the turbine owners who want to know how their turbine is performing and curiosity over which is the highest performing turbine has led to light-hearted rivalry amongst the turbine owners.
The ‘Turbine Output Performance AnalyZer’ monitoring system (TOPAZ) is being enhanced by Xor Systems to include a webcam device so that a view from the top of the turbine will be included. This new, innovative service is currently being tested and will be operational by the beginning of May.
Anyone considering the installation of an Endurance Wind Power E-Series, 80kW wind turbine who would be interested in installing TOPAZ should contact Christine Griffiths on 01454 633 323, or email her email@example.com.
FIT Announcement Blows Investment Doubts Away
The announcement by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) on 9th February 2012 was good news for farmers, communities and landowners that have been considering a wind turbine. The announcement has blown away any doubts that an investment in wind energy remains a viable option.
The current FiT payments will remain unchanged until October 2012 and Bill Jackson, Business Development Manager of Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited says, “We are pleased that the FiT payments for wind energy have been announced. The current rates apply until October 2012, from when the Generation Tariff Payments are expected to drop from 25.4p to 21p for all wind turbines up to 100kW in size.”
The Feed in Tariff scheme is designed to promote take up of small scale, low carbon electrical technologies by the public and communities. DECC wants to ensure that individuals and communities are able to benefit from the FiT funding ahead of investment companies which is why there is to be a further announcement made on 26th April regarding wind turbine installations which have been submitted for planning permission and for which the October 2012 deadline may be too early.
“The key thing is to move as quickly as possible into planning.” Bill adds, “The planning process will often take more than 6 months to complete and is by far the most time consuming part of the wind turbine installation process.”
Before planning permission can be sought a Site Survey is required to confirm the most suitable site for the wind turbine and to confirm that the site has sufficient wind. Both planning permission and grid connection need to be progressed as soon as the Site Survey shows that the site is windy enough for a turbine to be installed.
Please call Bill on 01454 633 323 if you wish to know more about the Site Survey or if you would like more information on how the FiT may affect your plans for installing a turbine.
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Shortlisted for National ‘Outstanding Woman in Construction Award’ 2012
Christine Griffiths, Director of Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited has been short listed for the ‘Outstanding Woman in Construction’ Award of 2012. There were over 30 nominees for the award and the winner will be announced at The Point, Lancashire’s Cricket Ground, on Wednesday 14th March 2012.
Nominated women had to show business success, state how they had overcome challenges within the business environment and indicate how they have acted as a trailblazer for other women within their industry.
Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited is a specialist wind turbine supplier and installer and the business was launched in 2006. Christine’s determination to ‘spread the word’ about wind power and her desire for Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited to find success as a centre of expertise for micro-wind energy has lead to the company’s expansion. It now has purpose built offices, IT and marketing expertise, administration and sales support and in December 2009 a Business Development Manager joined the team to help manage the growing number of enquiries. The company now employs 12 people from its base in Pilning, South Gloucestershire. Christine Griffiths says, “It is a surprise and a pleasure to be shortlisted for this award and I am delighted that wind energy is under the spot light.”
Canadian wind turbine producer Endurance Wind Power appointed Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited to supply and install its 80kW wind turbines in 2010 and Aeolus Power (Wind-Energy) Limited is one of the most experienced installers of its turbines in the UK.
A list of the nominees can be seen here : http://www.womeninconstructionawards.co.uk/shortlist-2012 and an explanation of the awards and the importance of the awards can be seen here : http://www.womeninconstructionawards.co.uk