May 19 2013 Latest news:
Dominic Bareham, senior reporter
Thursday, October 11, 2012
A new 15 metre high wind turbine was erected near the offices of a Norfolk housing developer on Thursday as part of the company’s efforts to become more energy efficient.
Saffron Housing Trust, which has built over 4,800 homes in the south Norfolk area, already has solar panels at its offices in Swan Lane, Long Stratton and 800 of its homes, but has now also erected the turbine behind its offices to provide 14,000 kw/h of electricity annually.
The energy generated by the turbine, which is being installed by Windcrop Ltd, is estimated to cover 10-11pc of Saffron’s current electricity demands for its offices, which houses over 100 people and will also enable the trust to play its part in creating a sustainable future by saving over seven metric tonnes of carbon dioxide from being emitted into the atmosphere.
Jason MacCormick, survey manager at the trust, said: “We are very excited here at Saffron Housing Trust to be making our first moves into using wind power.
“As a site that is not on the gas grid we are continuously striving to reduce our dependence on mains fed electricity, heating oil and, of course, reducing the amounts of CO2 we release into the atmosphere. Windcrop have been extremely helpful in getting this project off the ground and I am looking forwards to seeing the wind turbine in action.”
John Moore, managing director at Windcrop Ltd, added: “Electricity generated from wind power is the fastest growing green energy source in the UK and our small wind turbines are ideal for organisations like Saffron to adopt renewable energy as part of their commercial strategy.
“As we install and maintain all our turbines free of charge they are a simple yet productive way for businesses to make substantial savings while providing a visible, yet unobtrusive, demonstration of a company’s commitment to the environment.”