Caplor Farm shortlisted for the NEMEX Renewables Innovation Award!

Caplor Farm’s onsite wind turbine made it to the final round of the 2010 national NEMEX Renewables Innovation Award.

The NEMEX judges were looking for organisations that showed an ‘innovative approach towards the installation of small scale, embedded renewable energy systems’. Gareth Williams was invited to give a presentation in London to speak about the positive impact of the innovative wind turbine on the farm.

The judges were impressed by the way that Caplor’s 15kW turbine benefits such a diverse range of stakeholders. It contributes to the farm’s energy needs for potato grading and cold storage, as well as powering other on-farm businesses such as the ‘Eggs and Veg’ local food initiative.

The wind turbine has also been used for educational purposes. It was featured in the first 2010 issue of Energy Now Magazine, which has a readership of 15,000 farmers, and has also been discussed during presentations in local schools.

The installation of the turbine has even sparked entrepreneurial action, laying the foundations for a new business: Caplor Energy. This business empowers homeowners, communities and businesses to reduce their carbon impact through installing small-scale renewable technologies.

The turbine was in erected in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with grant funding from RE:think Energy. Whilst the Herefordshire cattle in the fields continue to graze undisturbed, the turbine above them is generating enough electricity to deliver savings of over £3,000 and 11 tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum.

The shortlisting for the national NEMEX award builds upon the success of last year, when Caplor Farm won the 2009 May Day Summit Carbon Award for cutting its carbon footprint.

You can read the full list of shortlisted candidates here.