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Info day on wind energy

PUBLISHED: 19:14 13 June 2008 | UPDATED: 20:37 05 July 2010

PEOPLE have the chance to find out more about wind energy this weekend.

As part of the European Wind Day 2008 wind farms across the UK are being opened up on Sunday.

PEOPLE have the chance to find out more about wind energy this weekend.

As part of the European Wind Day 2008 wind farms across the UK are being opened up on Sunday.

SLP Energy is participating in this initiative and will be hosting an event at Ness Point, Lowestoft, from 11am to 5pm.

Representatives from the renewable energy industry, including SLP Energy, the Energy Savings Trust and Suffolk Creating the Greenest County, will be there to answer any questions that visitors may have about wind energy and also to provide energy saving ideas and information.

Kerry-Leigh Gauntt, SLP Energy communications manager, said: “Wind Energy Day 2008 is set to be a huge success across the country and we are looking forward to welcoming visitors to the most easterly wind turbine in the UK.

“In order to reduce the carbon footprint of the event, we are asking visitors to leave their cars at home on the day and walk, cycle or take public transport where possible.”

A marquee is being erected and families are being invited to come along as there will be face painting and competitions for the children.

Although the experts will be happy to answer questions about Gulliver, due to health and safety concerns, it will not be possible for members of the public to go inside the turbine.

Further information on the wind weekend can be found at www.embracewind.co.uk

The event is being promoted by the European Wind Energy Association but the map on their website detailing all the UK events has fallen foul of Lowestoft woman Lynn Dack.

“The Ness Point wind turbine at Lowestoft, Suffolk, is positioned inland and seems to be over Norwich.

“We are proud in Lowestoft that we have Ness Point - the most easterly place in Britain and that we also have our giant 120-metre wind turbine - so to see both positioned on a map inland and not even anywhere near Lowestoft is a bit insulting,” she said.

Ms Dack said Lowestoft should be celebrated as being central to the wind turbine industry as turbines are manufactured by SLP and it is also home to the Orbis Centre.

“For too long the people of Lowestoft have been in the shadow of other towns and it is about time that Lowestoft is shown to be central to the future of the UK wind energy industry and put on the map!” she said.

See weblink http://www.windday.eu/index.php?id=1413

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