The British government has opened a pioneering scheme to make wind power a competitive form of energy for companies.EAST KILBRIDE, England, UK, 2001-10-31 [SolarAccess.com] The Merchant Wind Power scheme is an initiative of Ecotricity, and the first project is a Sainsbury’s chilled groceries depot in East Kilbride. The facility is supplied by a 600 kW Enercon wind turbine from Germany, that provides one third of the power needed for the 24-hour operation. Ecotricity will build, own and operate turbines to supply electricity directly to customers, rather than through the national grid. This method will reduce costs to make green energy competitive. The concept is possible because of technology innovations that makes the turbines more quiet, efficient and reliable than conventional wind turbines. The scheme has the potential to supply electricity to buildings, factories and housing developments across England. “This green opportunity for British industry arises from the creative application of innovative technology,” says energy minister Brian Wilson. “This project alone shows how renewable energy can affect ordinary peoples’ lives. Here, it freezes our food, and soon it could be heating our homes and lighting our streets.” “We have introduced a number of measures to make green energy more competitive,” he adds. “But government action is not enough on its own. Industry must put forward ideas and investment, as has happened in this case.” The British government wants to build the market for renewable energy to £1 billion by 2010. Direct investment of £250 million over the next three years will be applied to renewable energies.