Renewables Body to Welcome Members Beyond Wind and Marine Energy
By Anne Lewis-Schneider
RenewableUK in Cymru are about to open their doors to a lot more than wind and marine renewable energy resources. They will now include hydro, biomass, solar and anaerobic digestion to their mix as well as new technologies for energy storage, and the growing sector of solar energy in Wales will be welcomed into the fold.
Until this point, different renewable energy resources have been under their own umbrellas, but a decision has been made to welcome all of them under one voice for the first time as RenewableUK Cymru. From 2006 to the present only wind, tidal and wave have been represented by RenewableUK Cymru. At long last they will now encompass all types of renewable energy resources.
The director of RenewableUK Cymru is Mr David Clubb, who says that it is now time to work towards a Wales that makes use of all forms of renewable energy sources. He says that the move to have all low carbon energy types under one banner makes perfect sense and he hopes that the wider appeal will unite all of the sectors in a positive way. He says that the last 8 years has given the organisation the backbone it needs to be able to support all forms of renewables, as they have been able to gain experience and has a strong voice to carry Wales forward and maximise the benefits for Wales. A spokesperson has said that Wales has needed a united renewable energy format and that this has been lacking until now. This group will now be able to represent all forms of renewables.
RenewableUK Cymru currently has approximately thirty members that are locally based and a further fifteen UK and International businesses that also operate from Wales. The organisation started out as British Wind Energy Association back in 1978 and changed its name to the current RenewableUK Cymru in 2010. Since 2012 they have grown even stronger with the appointment of David Clubb as director and the talks started then to include all forms of renewable energy under one roof, which is now coming to fruition.
The parent body of RenewableUK has not made any decisions to include all forms of renewable energy as yet, and Cymru’s decision is as a result of a need to unify all energy forms as Wales realises the significance of all types of renewable resources. Wales has developed some solar farms over the last few years and more are being planned. Biomass and anaerobic digestion is on the increase in the farm areas and uses waste to –to-energy technology. The first new member to join has been Compton Group who is advanced in solar and wind turbines, and Steve Gibbins of the group says that Wales has huge renewable energy potential, and the company wants to refocus on the bigger solution to energy.
Being a member of RenewableUK Cymru means that members get access to tenders and new opportunities as well as news and expert forums and the added benefit of discussion groups involving all forms of renewable energy resources.
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