25 June 2010 09:12
Local guides hit the road in Robin Rigg’s mobile visitors’ centre
E.ON's mobile visitors' centre for its Robin Rigg offshore wind farm is now up and running, with two local guides starting work this week.
Catherine Metherall from Flimby and Ingrid Iredale from Keswick will be taking the Robin Rigg display around Dumfries and Galloway, as well as Cumbria, visiting local community events, schools and groups.
Sally Shenton, Robin Rigg Site Manager at E.ON, said: "Our mobile visitors' centre will play an important role in helping local communities around the Solway understand more about renewable energy and the benefits of the Robin Rigg offshore wind farm.
"We've found two fantastic people who are passionate about climate change and making sure we take steps to secure a green energy future. I welcome Catherine and Ingrid to the Robin Rigg team and I'm sure they'll become a familiar sight as they travel around the local area.
"We have a number of events already planned for this summer and we're available for visits to local schools, so students can learn about wind farms and renewable energy."
The Robin Rigg mobile visitors' centre includes interactive touch screens and information boards as well as a moving replica of a V90 turbine - the same model of wind turbine used at Robin Rigg offshore wind farm. There's even a human turbine where energetic visitors can see just how hard they need to work to provide power for simple electrical appliances.
Any local community group or school that would like to organise a free visit by the Robin Rigg visitors' centre should email email@example.com.
The 180MW Robin Rigg wind farm is capable of producing enough power to provide electricity for more than 117,0001 homes and displace the emission of 235,0002 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year.
Notes to editors:
- 1. Based on an average annual domestic household consumption of 4,700 kWh (Source DECC)
- 2. Based on the Government's long term marginal plant figure of 430g CO2 /kWh.
- E.ON is one of the UK's leading power and gas companies - generating and distributing electricity, and retailing power and gas - and is part of the E.ON group, one of the world's largest investor-owned power and gas companies. We employ around 16,000 people in the UK and more than 88,000 worldwide;
- We're one of the leading green generators in the UK, with 20 wind farms located from Cambridgeshire to Kintyre. We own and operate one of the UK's largest dedicated biomass power stations at Lockerbie. Combined, our renewable portfolio generates enough green energy to power the homes in a city the size of Manchester;
- Our green development portfolio could power over a million homes and displace the emission of almost two million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year by building new onshore and offshore wind farms, biomass power stations, and marine power schemes;
- We recently launched our first wave power generator, which is the first in UK waters and which is capable of generating 750kW of renewable energy;
- Our target is to cut the carbon released by each kW of electricity we generate by 10% between 2005-2012, having already reduced it by 20% since 1990;
- We have 1,500MW of renewable capacity under development;
- We are investing £50 million in new technologies and approaches over 10 years, through the Energy Technologies Institute;
- We have Biodiversity Action Plans at many of our sites which align us with the UK target of significantly reducing biodiversity loss;
- E.ON Group has announced it intends to reduced the carbon intensity of its generation by 50% by 2030 (on 1990 levels);
- E.ON Group aims to spend €8bn between 2007 and 2011 on renewable generation and climate protection activities.
For more information contact:
Alisha Allen on 02476 192 063