Providing renewable energy across the UK & Europe
Onshore wind is the cheapest form of renewable power and an established technology. Wind turbines generate electricity around 80-85% of the time and power is converted to electricity very efficiently, with none of the thermal waste inherent in fossil fuel plants. So, wind power is an efficient way to generate electricity, employing a free energy source that is also renewable. The UK also benefits from the best wind resource in Europe.
In 2013, the total amount of energy generated by wind in the UK was 7.7%. The year also saw net imports of gas exceeding UK production for the first time. Developing our wind resource doesn’t just provide security of energy supply, it also tackles climate change and creates jobs in some of the areas which need them most.
To meet the energy needs of homes and businesses throughout the UK, it is vital that we keep on harnessing one of Britain’s best natural resources. This makes us less reliant on expensive imported energy from volatile international markets.
As a continuation of the company’s activities in renewable energy development we have expanded our business to include solar park developments and are currently pursuing a number of solar projects across the UK and elsewhere in Europe. Our recent developments in Europe for example include solar farms in Brandenburg and Berlin.
The energy potential that comes from the sun is practically inexhaustible. The amount of solar energy arriving on Earth exceeds daily global energy consumption by 10,000 to 15,000 fold.
Solar farm installations typically comprise multiple solar panels arranged in rows that are orientated in a southerly direction and tilted at a certain angle to maximise their potential to absorb the sun’s rays. The rows tend to be around 5m apart and elevated which can allow sheep to still graze. The solar panels are usually mounted on a metal frame which is installed on piles driven into the ground, avoiding the need for concrete foundations and resulting in a short construction period.