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Eye: Triodos Renewables set to install two new wind turbines on brownfield site

11:01 09 January 2013

The126m turbine at Ness Point in Lowestoft is one of Triodos

The126m turbine at Ness Point in Lowestoft is one of Triodos' schemes in Suffolk. Its other existing one is two turbines at Kessingland which have proved more controversial

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Green energy company Triodos Renewables says it is starting work on two new wind turbines at Eye this week.

Once operational later this year, the site will generate sufficient green electricity to meet the power needs of the equivalent of 2830 homes, or of 88% of the homes in the nearby town of Diss, according to the company.

The Eye project is Triodos Renewables’ ninth renewable energy project, and the fourth that it has developed on a brownfield site. The electricity generated will power the host industrial site at Eye.

It has a scheme at Kessingland, and has made some operational changes there following complaints from residents.

The Eye turbines are due to arrive on site during the first two weeks of January, and erected over the following three weeks.

Part of the energy from the turbines will be bought by the Humphrey Group, whose premises are next door to the turbine. The project will meet 80% of the Humphrey’s groups demand at the site.

Local civil engineering contractor RG Carter delivered the civil works relating to the project, and Triodos says it commissions local contractors where possible to ensure the development of new wind farms provides employment and income for the local community.

Managing director Matthew Clayton said: “We’ve ambitious plans for 2013, and Eye wind farm’s development will get us off to the best possible start. It’s particularly exciting to see another development happening on a brownfield site with a long industrial heritage, and to be able to support the Humphrey Group’s environmental efforts by providing them with clean energy at source.”

Triodos Renewables, which is based in Bristol, has more than 5,000 shareholders, making it one of the UK’s most widely-owned renewable energy company. It is an off-shoot of an ethical bank, and focuses on renewables projects, mainly in the wind sector.

It focuses on low financial risk projects that use proven technologies and operate on long-term contracts, with an increasing proportion of sites located on brownfield land. Over the last three years the company has increased its power generation capacity by 63% and it now owns and operates eight sites around the UK and has a further two in construction with a combined capacity of 51.4 MW, sufficient to generate enough renewable power for approximately 28,7000 homes, it says. It aims to create 100MW worth of renewable energy operating capacity by 2015.

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