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INDUSTRY LEAD ARTICLE


ROYAL SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF BIRDS… AND WIND TURBINES


Proof, if proof were needed, that extols the myth that wind turbines are a danger to birds.


The RSPB and Ecotricity were given the go-ahead recently to build a new wind turbine in green energy partnership


RSPB HEADQUARTERS


RSPB and Ecotricity, Britain’s leading green energy company, have installed a wind turbine at the nature conservation charity’s headquarters in Sandy, Bedfordshire. The 100 metre tall wind turbine will generate around two million units of green energy every year, equivalent to over half of the electricity the RSPB uses across its 127 UK locations.


With this one wind turbine, Europe’s largest nature conservation charity, in partnership with Ecotricity, will reduce carbon emissions by up to 800 tonnes every year.


HOLISTIC APPROACH Martin Harper, RSPB’s Director of Conservation, said: “Climate change is the single biggest threat to our planet. This is about our birds and wildlife as well as our way of life. Around the world, and even in the UK, we can already see how these changes are affecting wildlife, the places where they live as well as damage to our homes and disruptions to the economy.


“It is down to everyone to play their part. In the UK, we have the potential to generate a significant portion, if not all, of our electricity from sustainable sources. This will take time and it will take investment. So I am proud to say the RSPB continues to back words with actions to show we are serious about tackling the threat of climate change with our biggest single renewable energy project yet.”


PARTNERSHIP


The project is a partnership between the RSPB and Ecotricity, Britain’s leading green energy company, in which Ecotricity finances and installs the turbine that produces affordable green energy for the RSPB.


Ecotricity pioneered this unique approach fifteen years ago, and its wind turbines currently power operations for Ford, Michelin, Sainsbury’s and B&Q.


21ST CENTURY APPROACH Dale Vince, Ecotricity founder, said: “This is a 21st century approach to making energy in Britain – it’s about working with our customers to make energy where they live and work, and sharing the benefits with them.


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