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There has been a lot happening this summer!

September 17, 2012

While we were all fascinated by both Olympics, not to mention the fantastic Andy Murray result, for those of us interested in the renewables scene life continued to be interesting. 

 

Both Scottish and UK Governments have reshuffled energy and environment ministerial posts and set out some actions in loosening red tape. The UK developments were directed principally at around  house building, but can we look for a similar attitude towards renewables development.....I hope so.

 

We were pleased to have retained Fergus Ewing as our industry’s Scottish Government Minister. The reshuffle in the UK Coalition replaced experienced energy ministers with newcomers who will have a steep learning curve. We will have to judge their attitude to wind power by their actions but already murmurings are being heard. George Monbiot for example describing the changes as Mr Cameron "declaring war" on the environment.

 

Small Wind turbines are Different

With both new Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, and Energy Minister, John Hayes, both said to be opposed to wind farms, the need for us to differentiate between what Gaia-Wind turbines are delivering and what mammoth wind farms may become acute. An elegant 11kW Gaia-Wind farm scale turbine is a completely different proposition to even a single very large turbine, never mind a massive wind farm. Sometimes however we seem to be treated as if we were the same thing.

 

Increasingly our turbines are an integral part of a business contributing enormously to the lifestyle of  the owners. Gaia-wind turbine owner Stuart Stephen is a great example: His 133-11kW turbine powers his house, home baking business, potato grading, grain dryer and lighting throughout the entire property.

 

When we consider the prospect of rocketing energy prices over the next few years; being able to use your own energy and sell surplus back to the grid as well as receiving a still substantial feed in tariff becomes increasingly attractive.

Stuart Stephen, Netherthirds Farm

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