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
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
"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."