Myriad CEG Power, the UK’s largest supplier and installer of green energy equipment, has signed a £5million deal with Gaia-Wind which will provide 200 wind turbines across the UK over the next 12 months.
The deal with Gaia-Wind is initially for 190 of its 133-11kW small wind turbines for England and Wales, with the potential to increase to more than 200.
It has been welcomed by Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond who praised the deal as an example of the work being done to back Scotland’s “world-leading renewable energy industry.”
Designed for areas with an average annual wind speeds of between 10-17mph (4.5-7.5 m/s), the Gaia-Wind 133-11kW is ideally suited to sites with large open spaces such as farms, rural properties and rural businesses.
The large rotor allows the turbine to capture much more energy from the wind than similarly rated machines, delivering higher electricity production.
A Gaia-Wind 133-11kW turbine generating 30,000kWh of green electricity per year will offset around 17 tonnes of CO2 emissions. This is enough to erase the carbon footprint of the average 4 person household.
Myriad CEG Power Ltd MD, Phil McVan, said: “The Myriad CEG Power wind turbine business increased by 50 per cent last year and is set to do the same again this year.
“We are delighted to have extended our agreement to be the exclusive supplier in England and Wales of the market leading product for this size of turbine, which has a first class record for quietness, reliability and energy production.
“As the renewable sector continues to grow across the UK, this partnership is an anchor point for farmers and other customers who want to benefit from impressive yields and returns, particularly in the wake of the reduced solar tariffs announced by the Government.’’
The announcement comes just weeks after Gaia-Wind won the prestigious Scottish Renewables Green Energy Award for business growth and will create job opportunities in both companies as well as the service and supply chain.
Gaia-Wind CEO Johnnie Andringa said: “This is a record breaking contract for us and will enhance our position as the UK’s leading manufacturer of small wind turbines. The contract, for 190 turbines, with the potential to increase to more than 200, is a vote of confidence from Myriad CEG Power: the UK’s largest supplier and installer of green energy equipment. It is also a huge compliment to our turbine model, the Gaia-Wind 133-11kW, and our workforce.
“It is also a boost for UK renewables manufacturing and demonstrates the capacity for growth in the sector at a difficult time.’’
The turbines helped Glasgow-based Gaia-Wind sweep the board in the annual survey of US small wind turbine industry professionals published in 2011, achieving the best rating of the top 24 turbines available in the US.
Welcoming the development, First Minister Alex Salmond said: “I am pleased that the Scottish Government, through our enterprise agencies, has been able to support the company’s (Gaia-Wind) successful development from its Glasgow base.
“The latest success is further indication of the strength of Scotland’s world-leading renewable energy industry, built on our strong industrial heritage and track record for innovation.
“It is an industry that is not only transforming how we generate power in Scotland, but one that is increasingly generating business, jobs and investment from around these islands and further afield.”
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