Friday, May 31, 2013

Fifth anniversary of Ecotricity green energy park at Fen Farm famous for UFO wind turbine incident

The Ecotricity green energy park at Fen Farm, Conisholme, has just marked its fifth anniversary.
The company says it has now produced ‘enough clean green electricity to power a light bulb for over two million years or brew over 10 billion cups of tea.’
Fen Farm was the UK’s first combined wind and solar park, 20 wind turbines were commissioned in 2008, followed three years later by the solar park in 2011.
The wind park hit the local and national news in January 2009 after it was reported that a UFO had collided with one of the turbines denting it - it is now listed as one of the top 10 UFO sightings in Lincolnshire
The solar park is made up of 5,000 panels.
Nick Osbourne, Ecotricity spokesperson, said: “The Fen Farm energy park is a brilliant example of renewable energy in action. Over the last five years, it’s produced a substantial amount of green electricity, harnessing both the wind and the sun.
“The key to our future energy independence and sustainability is to make use of numerous renewable energy sources – that’s the only way we can stem what is a very costly reliance on diminishing, climate-damaging fossil fuels.”
Ecotricity’s maintenance team, based in Louth, heavily rely on local apprentices, with 50 per cent of current employees apprentices from the Humberside Engineering Training Association.
Ecotricity apprentice turned full-time employee Adam Barnard recently picked up the Renewable Apprentice of the Year prize at the 2013 Footprint Awards.
Ecotricity, the first green energy company in the UK, supplies green electricity and gas to over 70,000 customers, and this year secured permission for a 22 turbine site in Heckington Fen, Lincolnshire.
Osbourne continued: “Heckington Fen is another very exciting project for Ecotricity – we have permission for up to 22 new wind turbines there, which could potentially provide enough electricity to supply the equivalent annual electricity needs of up to 39,700 typical UK households. It’s a big project and it will take quite a few years to get all of those turbines into the ground – but we’ll keep local people informed every step of the way.”