A conference and exhibition demonstrating the benefits of small wind systems opens in Gateshead today. The two-day event is organised by RenewableUK, the countrys leading voice for the renewable energy industry. It has attracted more than 350 people, many of whom are speaking at the event, holding free seminars and exhibiting state-of-the-art turbines.
Opening the event, Maria McCaffrey MBE, Chief Executive of RenewableUK, said: Were very proud to be here in the North East a region which has done so much to develop renewable energy. This is our third annual Small Wind Systems conference. It is important to give people an opportunity to tap into the knowledge and advice of experts from across the small wind industry. Even for a modest investment, a good return is guaranteed quickly, thanks to the highly attractive financial incentives on offer for those who want to take part in the UKs green energy revolution.
RenewableUK anticipates that the present number of 15,000 small wind turbines across the country could expand to hundreds of thousands by 2020. The Government has guaranteed payments for electricity generated by small turbine owners for the next 20 years, encouraging widespread interest from farmers, landowners, schools and households.
Indre Vaizgelaite, Small Wind Systems Manager at RenewableUK said: "This type of event gives people a real chance to do their bit to generate clean, green energy - members of the public can take practical steps to reduce global warming by installing small wind turbines. The conference will show people how they work, and give an outline of the economic benefits of generating your own electricity."