24 October 2012
Ecotricity this week won its appeal to erect a wind turbine at the H+H UK plant near Pollington, East Riding of Yorkshire, and will now look towards its construction in 2013.
H+H, the UK’s largest manufacturer of aircrete systems, will receive electricity direct from the turbine, driving down the company’s energy costs and dramatically cutting their carbon emissions – any electricity they don’t use will spill back onto the National Grid.
An application for the turbine was initially refused by East Riding of Yorkshire Council in April based upon initial concerns by Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield (RHADS) – but a Planning Inspector this week concluded that RHADS would not be seriously compromised by the turbine after the airport themselves confirmed it could continue to operate as normal.
Dale Vince, founder of Ecotricity, said: “This is great news – in a time of austerity and economic contraction, Britain's Green Industry is growing strongly, and this project is further evidence of that. On-site wind energy can help British businesses to cut their energy costs and their carbon emissions – and it gives them protection against global energy price rises. We need more decisions like this from the planning inspectorate and more businesses to follow H+H ‘s example.”
The Planning Inspector considered evidence in respect to issues such as proximity to residential properties, noise, shadow flicker, property prices, and public safety – and was satisfied that on all matters the development was acceptable.
Ed Surman, Production Director at H+H UK Ltd, said: “As a manufacturing business committed to reducing its environmental impact, this decision facilitates a further reduction to the company’s carbon footprint. This project has been a priority for our Environmental Improvement Team at Pollington and we are delighted that approval has now been granted. We look forward to working with Ecotricity to bring the project to fruition.”
Ecotricity pioneered merchant wind power ten years ago and currently provides on-site generation at Bristol Port, Ford’s Dagenham Diesel plant, Michelin’s Dundee factory, as well as distribution centres for Sainsbury’s and B&Q.
The company is currently building two more wind turbines to power a second Michelin factory in Northern Ireland, while there is also planning permission for a windmill to be built at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kings Lynn, Norfolk, which will take the Merchant Wind Power concept into the public sector.
The single turbine at H+H’s Pollington plant will be 79 metres to its central hub and will produce over five and a half million units of electricity – that’s enough to power the equivalent of 1,692 homes per year, saving approximately 2,400 tonnes of carbon dioxide.
Vital Statistics of the planned H&H wind turbine:
Number of turbines: 1
Rotor diameter: 82m
Hub height: 79m
Capacity: 2.3 MW
Green electricity per year: 5.58 million units
Equivalent homes powered: 1,692
Tonnes of CO₂ saved p.a.: 2,401