By DARA BUTTERFIELD
Glasgow-based wind turbine manufacturer Gaia-Wind has appointed its first reselling partner in Japan – the Green-Power Corporation, based in Tokyo.
The development comes as the Japanese Industry Department (METI) announces the continuance of the FiT for small wind at JPY55/kWh and 16% cuts for solar.
Johnnie Andringa, Chief Executive, Gaia-Wind, explained: “The recent achievement of local certification of the G-W 133 turbine for the Japanese market involved all of the principles outlined above. With a government committed to supporting distributed energy, the most attractive sub 20kW FiT in the world and a market size 1.6 times that of the UK, our work with Green-Power Corp in Japan will enable us to double in size in 2015.”
Almost 1000 Gaia-Wind turbines have been installed so far and almost 100 of these have been running for more than 10 years.
The Gaia-Wind 133 small wind turbine is designed to generate high levels of energy and is ideally suited to farms, rural homes and businesses and organisations with significant land banks looking for reliable diversified revenue from resale of energy.
It is the first UK product of this capacity to gain Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accreditation, an internationally recognised quality assurance scheme.
Gaia-Wind was recorded as the fastest growing private company in Scotland and the eighth fastest in the UK, in the 2012 Sunday Times Fastrack 100 Report. The company won the green energy exports award for 2014.