Turbine powers into action at potato supplier in March
PUBLISHED: 14:36 23 February 2015 | UPDATED: 14:36 23 February 2015
The power has been switched on at a new turbine on the site of potato supplier Greenvale in March.
The single turbine on Floods Ferry Road has a generation capacity of 1.5MW and will provide enough electricity to power the potato processing facility with some surplus power to the local electricity network.
The turbine is now connected to the grid and to Greenvale’s electrical system with the company already using the power produced by the turbine in their facility.
Greenvale was able to benefit from the high wind speeds generating large volumes of renewable electricity over Christmas and New Year season with the turbine working throughout December and January.
“It’s fantastic to now have the turbine fully commissioned and operating, generating power for Greenvale’s facility. Wind power can and does provide a significant contribution to the economy, both local and national, as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing energy security,” commented Matthew Clayton, Executive Director at Triodos Renewables.
“With this type of project, our community of shareholders can clearly see the positive financial, social and environmental impact their investments are having.”
Specialist construction firm, Wind Prospect, has managed the build process to time and budget, with the civil engineering works delivered by local contractor R G Carter.
“We are delighted to have the turbine fully operational and contributing to our renewable energy supply here at our processing plant,” said Trevor Dear, director at GreenVale, “As a business operating in the food supply sector, sustainability in all that we do is integral to our success and future growth.”
Part of a wider investment project by Triodos Renewables, the Floods Ferry Road turbine at Greenvale is one of six turbines due to be commissioned in Cambridgeshire this year. A further five turbines with a combined generation capacity of 10.25 MW are being installed on a separate site at Boardinghouse, also near March.
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