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Derby’s wind turbines named by Asterdale Primary School

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5th September 2013

Derby’s wind turbines named by Asterdale Primary School

Wind Turbine

Before the new wind turbines arrive at Derby’s sewage treatment works in November, children at neighbouring Asterdale Primary School have officially named the new additions to the community – Winnie and Tony. The names were selected as part of a competition after the water company approached the school. 

Jon Beeson, renewable energy project manager at Severn Trent Water, explains: “It’s great to have Asterdale Primary’s help to name the turbines because they’ll be part of the community for many years to come. The names that made it through to the final included: Chucky, Mr Crazy Turbo, Electric Eddy; but Winnie, picked by Year One and Tony the Turbine, picked by Year Five, were selected as the winners. We’ve also donated a solar panel wind turbine as part of our new water efficient garden for the school, which was named Winder Woman by Year Four.
“We wanted to give a little extra something for the winning classes, so before term broke up we visited to present them with a £100 voucher so they could choose something they needed.  On Wednesday 25 September we’ll be returning to take part in an assembly so that the children can learn about renewable energy and how the wind turbines generate power without polluting the environment.”

Louise Sumner, teacher at Asterdale Primary School, said: “The children enjoyed the naming competition and the classes are delighted to have won. Winnie, Tony and Winder Woman will become part of our community for many years to come, so it’s great that the children were given the opportunity to learn more about why Severn Trent Water has chosen to put them at the local sewage treatment works. We’ve been very fortunate to be supported by Severn Trent Water.”

When constructed, the wind turbines will each generate around 5,000 mega watt hours of electricity per year, that’s equivalent to supplying around 1,500 homes annually.
To provide an update on the progress that’s been made to install the wind turbines, Jon continues: “Although Winnie and Tony haven’t officially arrived in the area, work has been ongoing and the foundations are now being prepared for their arrival. We expect them to be installed early in November this year.
“It takes a huge amount of electricity to provide water and waste water services to our customers, so this is a great way to help limit the amount of electricity we need to take from the national grid. We’re already generating around 24 per cent of our company’s energy needs from renewables including sewage, hydro and energy from crops grown on our own farmland. This, along with other initiatives, will see us generate more than 30 per cent of our energy sustainably, by 2015.”

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