Endurance Wind Power yesterday welcomed Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker MP to its new turbine manufacturing plant in the West Midlands.
The factory, in Hartlebury just outside Kidderminster, will create up to 100 new green jobs and eventually build 100 farm-scale turbines a year, becoming an international export hub.
The Minister joined Endurance CEO Glenn Johnson, local MP Sir Peter Luff, factory workers and over 80 guests on a tour of the state of the art turbine production line to see first-hand how the British made 225kW X-Series turbine is assembled.
The company also operates in Scotland and was in the news just a couple of weeks ago when it welcomed the publication of the Scottish Government’s Agri-Renewables Strategy, which aims to boost the development of renewable energy projects on farms in Scotland.
Endurance Wind Power is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of farm scale wind turbines, with almost 500 turbines installed on farms across the UK, 38 of these are in Scotland. According to the new strategy there are 166 renewable installations operating on farms and estates in Scotland, evidence that Endurance turbines make up a significant proportion of renewable energy generation from Farm Wind.
UK Managing Director, Dave Rankin said:
“Endurance turbines can generate real income for Scottish farmers at a tough time for the agricultural sector. It is committed to working with Scottish farmers to make sure that they can benefit from the energy security and financial returns that small and medium scale wind energy, or Farm Wind, provides. This Scottish Government’s announcement reaffirms that it shares this commitment.”