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Record year for UK manufacturer of small wind turbines

 

Up and away: The Evance team. The company has experienced a record year for business

 

2011 proved a record year for Evance Wind Turbines, UK manufacturer of small wind turbines. The Leicestershire-based manufacturer has seen sales grow by over 200 per cent over the last 12 months, and enters 2012 with a strong forward order book for the company’s innovative R9000 small wind turbine.

Evance has seen a large increase in the take up of small wind across the UK. Continued strong demand has seen the company recently expand its facility, doubling in size to increase its manufacturing capability, and its workforce has also grown by 25 per cent over the last year. This growth is also supporting many UK manufacturers who make up a large part of Evance’s supply chain.

 

Currently the Evance turbines installed can generate around 9,900MWhi of electricity annually.

 “2011 was a record year for Evance and we look forward to a strong 2012,” commented Kevin Parslow, ceo of Evance Wind Turbines. “We’ve seen strong demand for turbines and we’re keen for the government to continue its support for this important emerging renewables sector through stable Feed-in-Tariffs (FiT) that encourage the wider adoption of small-scale wind turbines by individuals, communities and small businesses. With energy costs rising by around 20 per cent this year and possibly more in the future years, wind energy is a great benefit.”

Commenting on Evance’s growth, Nicky Morgan, Member of Parliament for Loughborough, added: “when I visited Evance’s Loughborough manufacturing facility recently I was impressed with the company’s progress, its leadership in small scale wind turbines, and its commitment to high-tech engineering here in the East Midlands. I’m delighted to see Evance announcing such impressive growth, and it’s particularly satisfying to see a local manufacturer expanding strongly, growing its workforce, and winning important export orders. I wish them every success for 2012.”

“At a time when the UK small wind sector is establishing itself as an important part of the UK renewables sector, we’re grateful for Nicky Morgan’s continued support and her help in making sure we are able to share our views on Feed-in Tariffs and planning permission with the relevant Ministers of State. We look forward to repaying that support through continued investment and business growth,” added Parslow.

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