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Made in Dagenham – with the power of the wind

16 August 2011

Third Ecotricity wind turbine at Ford's Dagenham plant

Growth in demand for fuel-efficient diesel engine cars, has driven Britain’s leading green energy company to erect a third windmill to power Ford’s expanded Dagenham Diesel Centre with 100% green energy.
The new Ecotricity windmill will generate nearly 5 million units of green energy a year, enough for the equivalent of almost 1,500 homes and saving over 2,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually. It joins the two other windmills that have been turning since May 2004, and will be the same height at 120m to the tip of the blade.
When the first two windmills were erected, every Ford diesel car or van engine made was built entirely using wind energy. As demand at Ford has grown, the plant has expanded, requiring more energy to run it – which this third Ecotricity windmill will now provide.
The three windmills at Ford will together provide 100% of the Ford Dagenham Diesel Centre’s (DDC) energy needs, which produces engines for a range of vehicles including the best-selling Focus and Transit van.
Ecotricity pioneered the idea of Merchant Wind Power more than 10 years ago, and now has on-site windmills with companies including Sainsbury’s, B&Q, Michelin, Bristol Ports and G24i.
Ford’s three windmills are still the only ones that can be seen from central London. Since being erected in May 2004, the two existing windmills have become local landmarks, even appearing in films including 2009’s ‘Fishtank’.
Dale Vince, founder of Ecotricity, said:
“Together with Ford, Ecotricity pioneered the use of wind to power an entire manufacturing plant. We are really pleased to come back and build a third windmill so that the green energy supply keeps pace with the demand from customers for more fuel-efficient, diesel engines.”

About Ecotricity

Britain’s leading renewable energy company, Ecotricity was founded 15 years’ ago when, in 1996, it founded the UK’s green electricity market and movement. A ‘not for dividend’ company with no shareholders to answer to, it now powers 50,000 homes and businesses in the UK from its fleet of 52 windmills, it invests more per capita in building new sources of green energy than any other UK electricity company and is the only energy supplier supported by Oxfam and the Soil Association.

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