Glasgow based farmscale wind turbine manufacturers Gaia-Wind has backed the UIndustry call for reforms to the Feed in Tariff regime. A RenewableUK report on the small and medium wind industry says that exports have overtaken UK sales in the sector. In 2014, 2,237 turbines were installed in the UK and 2,614 turbines were exported overseas.
Exports Key to Success as Gaia-Wind Short Listed For Second Award
Glasgow based farmscale wind turbine manufacturers Gaia-Wind has backed the Industry call for reforms to the UK Feed in Tariff regime. RenewableUK (RUK) published their annual report on the small and medium wind industry which shows that exports have overtaken UK sales in the sector. In 2014, 2,237 turbines were installed in the UK and 2,614 turbines were exported overseas. RUK say " This shift in the market could be dangerous if the balance of domestic versus exports reaches a tipping point, as it will simply not make sense for manufacturers to be located in a different country to their main market. The report comes as Gaia-Wind announced that:
Over recent weeks Gaia-wind has
• Won the Scottish Green Energy Award for Exports;
• Achieved certification of its G-W133 turbine in Japan;
• Appointed its first reselling partner in Japan; and been
• Short listed for the Scottish Enterprise supported BQ 2015 Scottish Export Awards.
Gaia-Wind CEO Johnnie Andringa said:
"In the wake of UK Government policies which have almost crippled the UK farm scale wind industry market, Gaia-Wind, in common with our competitors, has looked to the world market to continue our growth.
"Our export focussed strategy has not only allowed us to increase sales overall by a projected 90% over 2013 but has enabled us to open or increase sales in, other markets including Italy, Denmark, the US, Australia, France and Israel. At 16,109 kilometres from our Glasgow manufacturing base, our turbine on Tonga sets the distance record for a Gaia-Wind export order and we are in discussions to increase the fleet on the island kingdom."
Calling for the reinstatement of the 15kW Feed-in Tariff bracket, RUK warned of the potential for UK manufacturers to relocate abroad, saying:
"Government needs to ensure that a healthy balance is maintained in order to aid the long-term sustainability of the UK small and medium wind manufacturing industry."
1. For further information email martin.paterson@Gaia-wind.com or call 07920715345 or visit Gaia-Wind.com
2. RenewableUK Small and Medium Wind UK Market ReportThe full report can be read here: www.renewableuk.com/en/publications/index.cfm
3. In 2012 Gaia-Wind was listed as the fastest growing private company in Scotland and the eighth fastest growing in the UK.
4. Almost 1000 Gaia-Wind turbines have been "in the ground" for a combined operational time of more than 15 million hours. That's over 1,700 years. In Denmark, almost 100 of our Gaia-Wind turbines have been running for more than 10 years.