In our determined policy to move to a zero carbon environment we have
installed a solar photovoltaic generating system on our roof.
W H Thomas & Son now powered by the sun and wind helping to achieve a zero carbon environment
Dale Vince MD of Ecotricity pictured near the site of his first wind turbine.
UK economy blown away by wind power
Renewable energy has been shown to be incredibly good for the environment but also for the economy, a new study has revealed.
The study, undertaken by BiGGAR Economics for Renewable UK, has revealed that the onshore wind industry has generated £906 million in gross value added (GVA) revenue to the UK economy in 2014.
A single 2.5 megawatt wind turbine brings in more than £2 million to the UK economy across its life time and with 6,044 turbines across the UK 69% of the industry’s total spend remains in the UK.
One of the biggest green electricity suppliers in Gloucestershire is Stroud based Ecotricity who have over 50 wind turbines installed, powering the equivalent of almost 31,000 homes.
According to RenewableUK’s report, 27% of the economic benefits of onshore wind are enjoyed in the local authority area around each project, reflecting the efforts of many developers to engage in initiatives to maximise and promote local supply chain and employment opportunities.
The largest percentage of local spend comes at the operations and maintenance stage with 42% of the value of contracts being spent in the local area. Also, 48% of the total spend on windfarms is retained in the region in which the farm is located.
RenewableUK’s Chief Executive, Maria McCaffery, said, “The British onshore wind energy industry is adding over £900 million a year to the national economy, so the benefits to the UK are clear to see. This report also shows that £7 of every £10 spent on onshore wind projects is invested here in the UK.
“Onshore wind powers local economies, bringing £199 million of investment into the local communities that host wind farms and creating jobs across the supply chain. The industry is helping to propel Britain to a brighter, cleaner and more secure future – onshore wind is already the lowest cost of all low carbon options and is set to become the least cost form of all electricity within the next five years.”
With each wind turbine able to generate enough electricity to power 1,400 homes or make 230 million cups of tea, wind power appears to be the best way to keep the UK powered without having to rely on fossil fuels.