UK: An RSPCA animal centre will dramatically slash its energy costs after the installation of an 18-metre wind turbine.
The centre in Brent Knoll, Somerset, called in Merseyside-based Renewable Solutions to carry out a site assessment and advise staff on their options.
Renewable Solutions, one of the UK’s leading green energy specialists, recommended a small-scale 11kW wind turbine to help the centre combat annual electricity costs of around £10,000. David Hunt, head of Commercial at Renewable Solutions, said: “We carried out the initial site assessment and handled all design and planning matters before installation could go ahead.
“We estimate that the wind turbine will ultimately produce half of the electricity used by the centre and help to significantly reduce their annual running costs.”
Rita Hinton, Branch secretary of the North Somerset Animal Centre, said: “The welfare of the animals in our care is of prime importance and, if the temperature drops below a certain level, the heating automatically switches on and is a massive cost to us.
“We appointed Renewable Solutions after researching the market for suitably qualified experts. The company advised us on the best option and then carried out the installation during an incredibly poor period of weather which threw floods, snow and sub-zero temperatures at us.
“Everything ran smoothly without any fuss or inconvenience. The centre operated as usual throughout and the company was careful to arrange their work to limit the impact on staff and animals.
“We are now advising other RSPCA centres on our installation in the hope that more projects can be completed.”
Renewable Solutions has its head office in Bromborough, Merseyside, and employs more than 40 full-time staff. The company, which was founded in 2008, provides domestic and commercial customers with a comprehensive range of renewable energy solutions including turbines, solar PV, solar thermal, heat pumps and biomass.
In addition to the RSPCA project, it has also recently carried out a number of commercial renewable energy projects for clients in the hotel, leisure, agricultural and construction sectors.