02 Sep 2008 05:09:58
Charity backs micro-wind turbine for fuel poor
A micro-wind turbine company has offered to give a year's worth of earnings to help people suffering from fuel poverty.
Renewable Devices Swift Turbines has said that if a company buys 250 of its "silent" microgeneration devices, it will donate its profits to help people who use ten per cent or more of their income to pay their energy bills.
The company, founded by Dr Dave Anderson and Dr Charlie Silverton, has received the backing of charity Energy Action Scotland as Edinburgh Central MSP Sarah Boyack.
They have suggested installing the company's 1.5kW Swift turbine on the roof of fuel-poor homes, where it could generate up to 2,000kWhs of energy a year.
The company claims that the turbine would reduce carbon emissions by 1.2 tonnes a year.
Dave Anderson told the Scotsman, when he launched the scheme that he liked the idea of BP or a utility paying for the turbines, though it did not really matter where the money came from.
Ms Boyack, who is pushing for a bill to support microgeneration in all homes, told New Energy Focus: "Enabling fuel poor households to generate their own electricity is part of a long term solution. The value of micro-generation cannot be underestimated given recent rises in energy costs."