Small wind farm exhibition

THE number of small wind farms across the country could increase from the current 15,000 to over 600,000 by 2020 according to RenewableUK, the UK’s leading renewable energy business organisation.

Farmers and land owners are leading the way say RenewableUK, and schools, businesses and others are also showing growing interest in them.

They are urging people to attend the International Small Wind 2011 conference and exhibition at Gatehead’s Sage conference centre on April 5 and 6. The event is expected to attract up to 350 delegates.

The government has introduced Feed in Tariffs (FiTs) which guarantee for 20 years the level of payments for electricity sold back to the grid which it is thought will prove an incentive for many.

The small wind systems manager at RenewableUK, Indre Vaizgelaite, said: “Small wind systems are easy to install and have minimal impact on land use.

“There’s never been a better time to get involved, as there are a number of attractive financial incentives in place. If we want to cut down on our carbon emissions, and generate clean energy from a safe supply that will never run out small systems are the way to go.”

Glenn Johnson, CEO of Endurance Wind Power, a major international company supplying small wind systems and the lead sponsor for the conference said: “The UK’s feed in tariffs have attracted a growing interest in small wind as the wide range of systems now available means there is an ideal system for every requirement.

“It is a great opportunity for individuals to talk to manufacturers and other industry experts and find out what system would suit their needs.

“Whether from the agricultural, educational, residential, business or industrial sector the free seminars and exhibition will help people understand how they can become part of the green energy revolution.”

RenewableUK is the trade and professional body for the UK wind and marine renewables industries. Formed in 1978, and with 650 corporate members, it is the leading renewable energy trade association in the UK.