Wind Direct, the renewable energy company specialising in supplying electricity direct to major energy users, today formally commissioned its first project, a 2 MW turbine at March in Cambridgeshire.
The turbine was energised by Dr Mary Archer, a leading researcher in solar energy and long time supporter of renewable energy.
Speaking at the ceremony, Dr Archer said: “Britain needs sustainable sources of energy. British industry needs reliable, long-term supplies of electricity at competitive prices. The Wind Direct concept brings these together for the first time, with wind turbines located on industrial sites supplying energy directly to industrial users.
I believe this integration of renewable resources and energy intensive processes represents a major step forward in our search for a sustainable future.”
The 120m high REpower turbine is expected to generate about 5,000 MWhr per year, equivalent to the electricity consumption of over 1,000 average homes. It stands next to the new Long Hill Road industrial estate and will be able to supply the units as they come into use, exporting any spare electricity to the grid.