Case Study - Bread Matters, Lamancha

Evance R9000 5kW wind turbine, 15m tower

Bread Matters first emerged following Andrew Whitley's experience running The Village Bakery in Yorkshire for over 20 years and has now developed into a successful and sustainable business.

Located on the family five acre smallholding near West Linton in Peeblesshire, Bread Matters is run by Andrew Whitley and his partner Veronica Burke. Through courses and tuition, Bread Matters teaches people to make real bread using slow fermentation methods, nutrient-rich organic grains and a wood fired oven. Andrew and Veronica also do much more to promote health in its broadest sense (of the individual, community and environment) through bread making, and through activities on the smallholding.

Very aware that our planet's resources are limited and because their business philosophy is very much about reducing their carbon impact, Andrew and Veronica felt that, without doubt, the installation of a wind turbine was the right thing to do and in early summer they installed an Evance R9000 turbine from Scaled Energy.

The wind turbine is one of many renewable installations on the farm and 12,000kW hours out of the total requirement of 18,000kWh is currently generated on site. Andrew and Veronica already have solar PV panels, a ground source heat pump, rain water harvesting and an agroforestry system as well as clear policies on the use of green equipment, home produced food and waste disposal.

The installation of a wind turbine was therefore a natural addition to the extensive green business methods already employed at Bread Matters.

However, as well as generating energy in an environmentally friendly way, any project also needed to be financially viable.

Scaled Energy was recommended to Bread Matters by Pete Ritchie of Whitmuir Organics, for whom Scaled had already installed a turbine and so Andrew and Veronica embarked upon discussions with regard to which turbine to choose for the site and the financials behind it.

Veronica, who runs the business side of Bread Matters, talks about some of the decision making behind their turbine installation:

"Having been recommended Scaled Energy, we chose to work with them because they are based in Scotland, have a very good reputation, and gave us a very helpful initial response to our enquiry."

"The advice given by the Scaled Energy team was very good. Our own research had led us towards a different turbine but having received advice from Scaled Energy and listening to their knowledge on size, suitability and figures, we chose the Evance R9000. Scaled had given us a very comprehensive written report and very sensible answers to our questions, which made our decisions far easier. Now, we are delighted with the outcome and the Evance perfectly suits our needs."

"The installation went very smoothly and any minor problems were solved without fuss. With the turbine being very new still, we are now entering the phase where we are due to get a three-month service and don't anticipate any problems."

"Our experiences to date have been very positive and I would recommend both Scaled Energy and the Evance turbine to anyone."

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"Having been recommended Scaled Energy, we chose to work with them because they are based in Scotland, have a very good reputation."

"Our experiences to date have been very positive and I would recommend both Scaled Energy and the Evance turbine to anyone."

Veronica Whitley
Lamancha, Peeblesshire, EH46 7AZ
http://www.breadmatters.com

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