Green energy supplier Ecotricity – which owns and operates a number of wind power sites in Scotland and England – today (17 Nov 2015) launches a new small wind turbine.
The windmill is designed and manufactured in Britain by Ecotricity’s new subsidiary, Britwind, which it formed in 2014, and which already makes Britain’s best-selling small windmill, the Britwind R9000.
Ecotricity claim the new machine – the Britwind H15 – is set to bring big wind performance to small wind, generating electricity at almost half the cost of the best-selling small windmill on the market.
Standing at an average height of 25m, the horizontal-axis windmill has a power rating of 15kW. It’s available in two versions to optimise use in higher or lower wind speed sites, offers high reliability, and low maintenance, with only three wearing parts.
H15 windmills are suitable for many types of landowners from farmers and rural properties, to schools, sporting clubs, as well as small, medium and large businesses.
Ecotricity is also introducing a new business approach, creating a new kind of green energy partnership between itself and its customers – making green energy where they live and work and sharing the benefits with them.
Dale Vince, Ecotricity founder, said: “The government’s assault on the renewables industry has led to two thirds of small wind companies going bust in the past two years, so when we launched Britwind we knew we needed to do something radically different.
“The Britwind H15 is at the cutting edge of windmill technology – it’s super-efficient, cheap to maintain, and cuts the cost of making energy. Our commercial model is also at the cutting edge – we make the energy with our customers, where they live and work, and we share the benefits with them.
“It’s about democratising the energy market – our aim is to bring lower bills and energy independence to homes and businesses in Britain, and to export the same opportunity to other parts of the world.”