The British government wants 10% of the country's electricity to come from renewable sources by 2010 (it's a start), and so presumably to encourage those that are doing well, the UK Department of Trade and Industry has highlighted 10 green energy projects that started operation in 2005 and are "leading the way". Energy minister Malcolm Wicks said: "The projects highlighted have certainly made their contribution to reducing carbon emissions and increasing the megawatt capacity that comes from green sources" and "helped people understand 'what renewable energy is and where it comes from.'"
The top 10 includes:
- The 30-turbine Kentish Flats wind farm ("the Ferrari of the turbine world," whatever that means).
- Black Law A in South Lanarkshire, one of the largest wind farms approved in the UK.
- The Cefn Croes wind project near Aberystwyth, the most powerful when it opened in June 2005.
- The CIS tower in Manchester - the city's tallest building - on course to be the biggest user of solar panels in the UK.
- The biomass plant in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, for producing a "revolutionary new wood pellet bio fuel", created by burning sawdust and woodchips.
- The wave buoy project off the north Cornwall coast, a project that would "speed up the installation of one of the world's first wave farms".
- Spen Valley Sports College, West Yorkshire - microgeneration.
- Eden Project, Cornwall - solar power (first picture of this post).
- Nissan Motor Plant, Sunderland - microgeneration.
- Science Museum, London - solar power.
Any readers from the UK have seen any of them? Thoughts?