Scottish small-wind turbine manufacturer Gaia-Wind has celebrated its 1,000th turbine rolling off the production line since the company moved its operations from Denmark to Glasgow six years ago.
Scottish Economy Secretary Keith Brown announced national export figures at the company’s Glasgow factory as Gaia-Wind reported on new orders for Japan and Italy.
The 1000th turbine marks the beginning of a relationship with Scottish Water Horizons Ltd, a commercial subsidiary of Scottish Water, who are rapidly growing their renewable energy portfolio across the Scottish Water estate.
Over the last eighteen Months Gaia-Wind has exported more than 90% of production for the second consecutive year. Its turbines are now installed in Tonga, Japan, Australia, USA, the Caribbean, Sweden, Denmark and Italy as well as all over the UK.
By 2020 Gaia-Wind turbines are set to deliver a good economic return in almost every global market without any form of government subsidy.
Scottish Water Horizons Project Manager Ian Piggott added: “Gaia-Wind’s 1000th turbine, will soon be installed at one of our water treatment Works in Chapelton, South Lanarkshire.
“This has the potential to offset around 30% of the site’s electricity consumption and is a demonstration of how we can contribute to Scotland’s sustainable growth.”
Chief Executive Johnnie Andringa said: “We are thrilled to have reached this massive milestone which marks a terrific reward for the hard work of our team here at Gaia-Wind.
“We are proud to be working with Scottish Water Horizons and look forward to playing a role in their renewable energy development in the future and the Scottish Government support for renewables has been very important to us and to the farm scale wind industry.
“When this turbine is installed we will boast some 1500 Gaia-Wind turbines “in the ground” for a combined operational time of more than 25 million hours. That’s over 2,500 years of dependable, renewable energy generation:
“In Denmark, almost 100 Gaia-Wind turbines have been running for more than 10 years. These turbine will have contributed more than 40,000 MWhrs of green electricity, – energy independence for their owners and that much less strain on the grid.”
Economy Secretary Keith Brown added:“Gaia-Wind is an excellent example of quality turbines produced in Scotland. Gaia Wind’s product can help make renewable energy more accessible to more people and organisations as we can see from their work with Scottish Water which is just beginning.”