Eye: Wind turbines swing into production

The two turbines that have been erected on the Eye Airfield industrial site.

The two turbines that have been erected on the Eye Airfield industrial site. - Credit: Archant

TWO wind turbines – aimed to boost Suffolk’s “Greenest County” campaign – have started providing green energy to a business site.

The 2.5MW wind turbines will provide green electricity for the next 25 years to meet up to 80% of the electricity needs of the Roy Humphrey Group, in Eye.

The wind turbines will contribute to the county council’s aim to create the country’s ‘Greenest County’ by supplying energy to power the equivalent of more than 3,000 homes.

Carl Humphrey, Roy Humphrey Group spokesman, said: “The wind turbines comply with Mid Suffolk District Council’s request for renewable energy for the new development on our site as well as for any further developments which might arise.”

The developer of the project, Wind Direct, received planning permission for the wind turbines in August 2010.

Eva Gromadzki, Wind Direct general manager, said: “Brownfield sites can be ideal locations for green electricity from wind turbines. The two wind turbines will contribute to the on-going success of the Roy Humphrey Group.”

In addition to around 8,074 tonnes of CO2 emissions being reduced, the business will also benefit from long-term fixed electricity costs.

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The project is owned by Triodos Renewables.

Matthew Clayton, director for Triodos Renewables, said: “We are delighted about the completion of the Roy Humphrey Group project which will be the fourth brownfield site in Triodos Renewables’ portfolio of operational renewable energy projects.”