Triodos Renewables doubles the numbers for its Avonmouth Family Open Day
29-05-2015 | Triodos Renewables’ free family day returns for second year at Avonmouth wind farm. Last year, the sold out event saw over 130 adults and children attend the turbine tours Explorer Dome and Wessex Water’s Poo Bus are on the bill.
After a successful opening in 2014, Triodos Renewables is once again opening the gates to its Avonmouth wind farm, which is home to four Triodos Renewables wind turbines, to host a free family fun day. The second open day will take place on 6th June 2015, and this time, it has more than doubled the number of visitor spaces.
Last year, the company held the site’s inaugural open day, which saw the wind turbine site officially opened by Bristol’s Mayor, George Ferguson, and sold out within a matter of days. Visitors took the opportunity to get up close and personal with the turbines and see for themselves what Triodos Renewables does through ethical investment in renewable energy.
The open day comes at an exciting time – it will be part of the year-long festivities of Bristol as European Green Capital 2015, and will kick off the city’s Big Green Week, an annual festival which takes place from 6th to 21st June. It also marks Triodos Renewables’ 20th anniversary, beginning celebrations for the company, which will continue at a birthday-themed AGM on the 19th June.
Aimed at families, the local community and Triodos Renewables investors alike, the event is completely free and will offer an array of activities for everyone to enjoy – young and old. Visitors will get the chance to peek inside one of the commercial scale turbines, as well as get their picture taken with them, and learn about the logistics of getting the energy they create back into the grid.
Matthew Clayton, Executive Director of Triodos Renewables, says: "After the huge success of last year’s open day, we can’t wait to throw open our gates once more to demonstrate what we do. This is a great time for the company, with our community of shareholders and renewable generation having grown by 16% and 18% respectively in the past year. Combined with our 20th anniversary, our open day is a fantastic way of giving something back to the local community."
There will plenty to keep the kids entertained, including face painting, activity sheets and a wind farm themed crazy golf game. There will also be wildlife trails around the site, and Wessex Water’s Bristol Bio-bus (known more affectionately as the poo bus) will be on hand to give insight into other types of renewable energy.
The interactive planetarium, the Explorer Dome, will also be setting up camp for the day, and will be hosting free interactive, hands-on shows for children throughout the day. "We’re really looking forward to visiting the Avonmouth site for the second year in a row," says Ben Brown, founder of Explorer Dome. "Last year was a great experience and it’s great to see so many families enthusiastic about the environment and taking an interest in what goes on behind the scenes at places like the Avonmouth Wind Farm. This year we’ll be once more using our unique space to provide entertaining learning for kids of all ages."
With tickets limited and huge interest last year, snap up your tickets on the Eventbrite page before they’re gone.
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About Triodos Renewables Plc.
Triodos Renewables is a UK public limited company, with over 5,000 shareholders.
It works with partners to develop and acquire projects, and invest in innovative companies in the sustainable energy sector. Its portfolio includes fifteen sustainable energy projects (three of which are in construction) with a total capacity of 62.3 MW which once operational will be able to produce enough clean, green renewable energy for the equivalent of more than 40,000 homes*
Triodos Renewables has invested in a number of wind farm projects, such as the Haverigg II Wind Farm in Cumbria, a re-powering wind farm project at Caton Moor in Lancashire, a single wind turbine in the Orkneys, and Avonmouth, located on a wastewater plant near Bristol.
*Based on the average of 4.17MWh per home, according to DECC (Department of Energy and Climate Change)
Triodos Renewables is the trading name of Triodos Renewables plc., Registered in England & Wales, Registered office: Deanery Road, Bristol, BS1 5AS (registered number 2978651).