Getting the most of the available resources
Andrew Brewer, farmer in Cornwall

 “My wife and I are dairy farmers in Cornwall. We were looking into diversifying into alternative energy. We run our farm on a very efficient basis, making the most of our natural resources in the environment that we live in. Wind was a natural progression for us. We looked at other manufacturers. Some weren’t overly interested in individual small projects. Others didn’t have the same power curve or estimations of output that EWT had. So EWT was one of the most efficient on the market. We selected them, made initial contacts, proceeded with the planning process. 

From the time we signed the contract, we had a calendar in place, and the organization and timing was spot on. The tidiness and efficiency was phenomenal. The power curves have done what they said, it’s done what they predicted it would do, and it’s earning us a good return. We can’t ask for anything more than that.”

A wine cellar with an energy division.
Adam Black, managing director of Lanchester energy

Up in County Durham in Northern England, Lanchester Wine Cellars is one of the UK’s largest distributors of wine to bars, restaurants, and retailers. But as well as importing wine in bottles from distant wine producing lands, Lanchester imports the wine in containers and bottles it using the most advanced techniques to ensure quality – 75.000.000 litres of wine a year, and that takes a lot of energy. Owner Tony Cleary decided a few years ago to go carbon neutral, and the solution was to install two EWT 500kW wind turbines on the site.

“I think EWT recognizes that each and every project has its own unique characteristics,” says Adam Black, who heads up Lanchester’s Energy Division. “And they recognized that we wanted to achieve something more than just buy a wind turbine. We wanted to turn the operation carbon neutral and we didn’t know everything about how to do that. They were very helpful adapting their offer to meet our needs.”

The result: Lanchester now uses 70 percent of the energy generated to power its own operations, and sells 30 percent back to the grid. A third wind turbine has been installed, and two more are planned. 

Green energy on a brownfield site
David Stuva, president RECC

The Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative (RECC) is a member-owned cooperative serving some 5,800 consumers, as well as farms and commercial establishments in a rural five-county area of south-central Illinois in the United States. In 2009, RECC began operating an EWT DW54 900-kilowatt wind turbine on the “Gob Nob”, a 60-foot hill consisting of tailings from an abandoned coal mine. The installation represented a unique conversion of a brownfield site into a green energy producing project.

“Our board was looking for a way to get involved in renewable energy, so we said, ‘why don't we put up a wind turbine?’” recalls RECC President David Stuva. “It's been very popular with our members and it’s even become a bit of a tourist attraction on Interstate 55. Everybody knows where the Gob Nob wind turbine is.” 

“We liked the EWT turbine because it was a direct drive unit. It didn't have a gearbox, which is one less thing you have to worry about down the road. We needed something around 1 megawatt because that was the average load on the nearby substation, so EWT was a good fit for us.” 

“They’ve done everything that they said they would do. They went above and beyond on standing behind their product. We benefit from the maintenance contract we have with them. They monitor the wind turbine from the Netherlands, and we don't have to worry about anything. I give them an A+ on service.” 

Managing risk, a developer chooses EWT
Ian Johnston, Chief Operating Officer

Temporis Wind is one of the largest developers of wind energy in the UK, working with landowners to take advantage of a government program that encourages investments in windenergy with economic incentives.

“Since 2010 we've been developing projects in association with agricultural landownersacross the UK from the southern tip of Cornwall right to the tip of Scotland. What’s importantto us is the fact that with EWT we know they can put these turbines up in an innovative andtime-effective way” explains Ian Johnston, Chief Operating Officer for Temporis Wind.

“They've got a tried and tested format. That makes it very easy for us in terms of a riskperspective. And when a funder is looking at investing between £1-2 million pounds oncompleting a project, that makes a big difference. There's a flexibility in their approach whichis very helpful. And they are in touch with the market. They know what the customers need interms of dealing with the hurdles that come to us from local councils and from the local gridoperators. We've had our portfolio running for over a year now and to date, the availability has been above 99 percent, which is fantastic.”