A Huddersfield company has helped another West Yorkshire firm harness wind power.
Shepley-based Newgen was main contractor on a £250,000 scheme for a new wind tubine at the Bradford plant of Omega Proteins, part of recycling and green energy business Leo Group.
Since it was erected at Erling Works in Half Acre Road, Denholme, the turbine has already offset more than 21,500 kg of carbon dioxide. The energy saving so far is the equivalent to an individual carbon footprint created by flying twice around the world in a plane, or a computer being switched on for aalmost 2,000 years.
Jane Brindle, group technical manager at Leo Group, said: “As a company focused on renewable energy and sustainability, considering our impact on the environment is at the forefront of everything we do.
“We are all very excited about the introduction of this green energy supply for our Bradford site and will be closely monitoring the amount of energy it produces.
“The new wind turbine is an additional way that we are helping to further reduce the company’s carbon footprint.”
The turbine is the latest in a series of investments underlining the Leo Group’s commitment to renewable energy and sustainable business practices. Last year, to mark World Environment Day, the company planted 1,500 trees at the site as well as at its headquarters in Swalesmoor, Halifax.
Omega Proteins produces renewable energy sources used in cars and industry. One of the products produced by the company is tallow, a natural by-product from animal waste, which is a key component in the process to create an advanced form of biodiesel that can be used in modern diesel engines.
The Leo Group employs more than 400 people across its 10 operational sites in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The company’s investment strategy sees 98% of its retained profits re-invested back into the business.
This includes long-term investment in renewable energy technologies to widen its service portfolio and diversify into energy generation through biomass fuels.
Newgen specialises in developing and installing grid-connected and autonomous solar and wind energy systems.