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Guests blown away at Triodos Renewables open day
Avonmouth wind farm officially opened with a family fun day
10-06-2014 | More than 130 adults and children toured round Triodos Renewables’ Avonmouth wind farm on Saturday 7 June as part of its free family fun day to celebrate the official opening of the site by Bristol’s elected Mayor, George Ferguson. The turbines and sub-station received a steady stream of visitors, during the morning, looking at the engineering behind renewable wind power and to see the machines in action for themselves.
"It was fantastic to see so many people here, genuinely interested in wind-powered renewable energy generation."
Matthew Clayton, Director, Triodos Renewables
The event was packed full of activities centred on renewable energy for all visitors to enjoy in addition to the tours. Explorer Dome were on hand with their specifically created interactive science show exploring the role and use of energy while the Wind Farm Game helped people to create their own wind turbine farm. With the wind farm home to a nature reserve, the Landmark Practice brought their wildlife education team to assist with nature spotting and children undertook the Triodos Renewables quiz.
Feedback from visitors at the event and on Twitter was enthusiastic with two visitors, ‘Sam and Al’ saying, “We really enjoyed the open day, a great opportunity to see the wind turbines up close and talk to people about this great way to create sustainable power."
Commenting on the day, Matthew Clayton, Director of Triodos Renewables, said, “It was fantastic to see so many people here, genuinely interested in wind-powered renewable energy generation. It’s not often that you get the chance to walk right up to a wind turbine and look inside and we are delighted to have opened our site to the public to do just that.”
"It’s great for Bristol and the UK that Triodos Renewables have seen fit to make this important investment in wind power at Avonmouth."
George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol
“What’s more, our wind farm is an active example for what positive, ethical investment can do. 375 members of the public, as shareholders, actually own this wind farm through their investment,” he continued, “To hear the children’s enthusiastic chatter about our turbines is wonderful and due to the popularity of the event, we hope to repeat it again here and at our other sites in the future.”
George Ferguson, Bristol’s elected Mayor, cut the green ribbon to officially open the site helped by Roisin Davies aged 8. The Mayor said of the occasion, “It’s great for Bristol and the UK that Triodos Renewables have seen fit to make this important investment in wind power at Avonmouth which, together with our own city council funded turbines and those at Bristol Port, make a significant contribution to the region’s alternative energy supply.”
Notes to editors:
About Triodos Renewables Plc
Triodos Renewables is a UK public limited company, with over 5,000 investors who want their money to make a practical difference in the fight against climate change, and who recognise the long-term business potential of renewable energy.
Based in Deanery Road, Bristol, Triodos Renewables has been generating renewable energy since 1995. It works with partners to develop and acquire and invest in renewable energy projects. In 2013, it generated 113,345MWh, which is the equivalent of powering 26,800 homes. The company has eleven operational renewable energy sites across the UK.
The UK Government signed up to the European Renewable Energy targets of achieving 20% renewable generation by 2020.
Triodos Renewables is managed by Triodos Bank NV. Triodos Renewables is a trading name of Triodos Renewables plc.
About the Avonmouth site
The Avonmouth wind farm has four turbines each capable of generating 2.05MW, two of which weare accessible during the open day, and is located adjacent to Wessex Water’s sewerage treatment plant.
The project was originally developed by Wessex Water who obtained planning from Bristol City Council in March 2009. Triodos Renewables acquired the project from Wessex Water in 2012.
Construction started in March 2013 and completed in 8 months. The site hosts a nature reserve which is home to some important plant and animal species like Great Crested Newts and voles, with foxes and birds of prey frequently spotted on the land. During the construction, measures were taken to avoid sensitive periods for the flora and fauna as part of the planning conditions.