LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Oct. 12, 2012) - Most people understand the value of being self-sufficient and in an attempt to contribute to producing sustainable energy; they recycle, compost and install solar panels. green energy uk recognises that the UK is full of pockets of green energy producers who continually contribute to the UK's already well-established sustainable efforts via wind and solar farms.
The UK is ranked as the eighth largest wind energy producer in the world with 3,873 wind turbines and 357 farms. Thanet wind farm off the coast of Kent is the largest in the world, with 100 Vestas V90 wind turbines providing clean energy to 200,000 UK homes per year. Kent is a hub for sustainable energy, with its renewable and low carbon emission technology industry growing an average of five per cent a year. It is estimated that currently 19,600 people in Kent are employed in these sectors. Currently producing over 640 GWh of renewable energy a year, Kent's largest sustainable contributor is the Allington Energy to Waste facility in Maidstone, which accounts for 57 per cent of the renewable energy in the UK.
Scotland is leading the way for tide and wave energy conversion in the UK, benefiting from 25 per cent of Europe's tidal energy and 10 per cent of Europe's wave resources. Furthermore, six wave and five tidal schemes are set to be developed in the Pentland Firth and Orkney Water which will generate enough energy to power 70,000 homes. Additionally to these resources, Scotland also is home to the development of five types of wave and tidal devices.
Doug Stewart of green energy uk said: "It is great to see that the message of producing sustainability energy is resonating throughout the UK as councils aim to be more energy efficient and take action to meet the 80 per cent decrease in carbon emissions to be met by 2050. Leading the way in wind power is a great statement to the world that the UK is serious about its environmental practices and it encourages us to continue in our sustainable eco efforts.
"The UK largely uses traditional methods to harvest electricity from a variety of ways including wind, wave and tide, solar, hydroelectric and micro generation power. At green energy uk however, we not only use these traditional methods, but also push the boundaries and use alternative energy sources such as pig poo, cow pats and tomato plants to produce sustainable energy. Being creative with the means of which we harvest energy can offer new and exciting ways to strengthen the sustainable energy production in the UK."
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