Glasgow-based wind turbine manufacturer Gaia-Wind has sold its first turbines to Japan just weeks after establishing a new local subsidiary in Tokyo.
With an initial two turbines already in country, the local team at Gaia-Wind in Japan, has also won a contract for a further eight machines. YBM Japan Inc. located in Ishikawa prefecture, will sell and distribute them in a value added resale operation across the country.
Gaia-Wind expect to export more than 100 turbines to Japan over the next year as Japan moves away from dependency on nuclear power.
Following the establishment of Gaia-Wind KK the company has built a network of resellers including YBM Japan Inc., LOOOP Inc. and the Green-Power Corporation, to deliver its ‘small wind’ GW133 turbine to the Japanese market.
Johnnie Andringa, Chief Executive, Gaia-Wind, said: “This contract gets our Japanese venture off to a flying start and is, we believe, the first of many.
“Japan has a market size 1.6 times that of the UK and the most attractive feed in tariff in the world. Our Japanese reselling partners are gearing up to help deliver what Japanese Consul General in Scotland. Mr Kitaoka described as ‘the conversion from atomic power to renewable energy after the Tsunami disaster in 2011’.
“We confidently expect to sell over 100 turbines into japan over 2016 and in time to achieve double that amount annually.
“Following the disastrous effects of botched UK support mechanisms, our export strategy will see us reducing our exposure to the UK domestic market to around 15% of our total sales.
“This will protect and indeed generate new jobs in a tough farm scale renewables environment.”
Mr Kitaoka said: “I was most pleased by the splendid news that GAIA Wind has succeeded in selling wind turbines to Japan. For me, especially after the tsunami in 2011, I believe Scotland is an important teacher in the promotion of renewable energy. Just like Scotland taught Japan for modernisation in the 19th Century.”
A total of more than 1,200 Gaia-Wind turbines have now been running for a combined operational time of more than 20 million hours.