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Wind Turbine Open Day In Co Durham – Just Don’t Wear Red

Well known farmer and cattle breeder James Weightman not only sells his home grown Blonde D’Aquitaine Bulls all over the UK, but he’s now selling his home grown electricity too!

Working with gfw-Renewables, James Weightman has installed a 500kW urban fringe wind turbine to power the entire farm and he sells the remaining electricity back to the National Grid.

James with Blondes and wind turbine

James with Blondes and wind turbine

The project has been such a success that the Weightman family, along with gfw-Renewables; turbine suppliers EWT; and funders Barclays Bank are holding an Open Day at Hallfield Farm, Easington, Peterlee, Co Durham, on Thursday 16 May 2013 from 10am – 4pm.

This informative, informal day has been organised so that other landowners and farmers can see for themselves exactly what is involved in wind turbine projects: how turbines operate; what the benefits are; and what pitfalls to look out for. The Weightmans will be sharing their experiences with visitors, while gfw-Renewables, EWT and Barclays Bank will be on hand to offer advice to interested parties. Refreshments will be available throughout the day.

Since its installation, the turbine at Hallfield Farm has greatly exceeded expectations and continues to feed sustainable ‘green’ energy back into the local grid connection.

James says: “After nearly 18 months of preparation work, it was great to see our turbine finally commissioned. It has now been operational since October 2012 and is already a fantastic asset to the farm, offsetting our carbon footprint and reducing the impact of rising energy costs on our business.

“We were guided through the whole project by gfw-Renewables, from initial site selection, through the planning process and more recently with project management of the construction phase. Turbine projects can sometimes be complicated and you definitely need an expert on board to overcome some of the obstacles along the way. We’ve really enjoyed working with the team at gfw-Renewables and it’s been a great success for us all.”

Renewable energy continues to be at the forefront of the Government’s carbon reduction agenda, with the UK committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 20% by 2020.

On-shore wind currently provides 5,794 MW of renewable energy, powering over 3,000,000 homes.

Louis Fell, Partner at George F White says: “Wind energy is a very popular form of renewable energy and can be a perfect addition for a landowner with a suitable plot to site a wind turbine. We provide many of our clients with new renewable energy opportunities to aid in the reduction of operating costs and diversification into new revenue streams.

With all of our projects we provide an extensive service covering feasibility, planning control, funding and turbine selection. We as a business have diversified ourselves and we have a comprehensive depth of knowledge in our gfw-Renewables team to provide technical support for any renewable energy installation”.

Anyone interested in attending the Open Day on Thursday 16 May should contact Peter Moralee at gfw-Renewables on 01665 511983 for further information.

George F White

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