Organised by Airvolution Energy in conjunction with Kent Channel Chamber of Commerce and Kent Wind Energy, the event aimed to find potential local suppliers to help with the construction of four wind turbines at Agney Farm in Old Romney.
Local businesses representing a wide range of sectors attended, including construction, builders’ supplies, photography, equipment hire, transport, aggregates and recruitment.
“Using local suppliers to install our wind turbines is both cost-effective for us and beneficial for the local community,” said Communications Manager Alison Hood.
“We estimate that there is the potential for about £2 million to be spent on goods and services during construction and operation if we can identify the right suppliers in the area.
“Thanks to support from the Chamber of Commerce and Kent Wind Energy, the meet the buyer event enabled us to identify a number of companies who would be very well placed to tender for work should the project go ahead.”
Peter Hobbs, Chief Executive of Kent Channel Chamber of Commerce, added: “Renewable energy is a growth industry for Kent whether it is for small-scale domestic installations, large offshore wind farms like London Array, or Airvolution’s proposal to erect four turbines next to the existing wind farm at Little Cheyne Court.
“Creating a low carbon economy offers huge opportunities for business and it is vital that we encourage the development of a local supply chain for investors such as Airvolution.”
A range of suppliers and services will be needed should planning permission for the Agney Wind turbines be granted, including:
- Construction companies
- Drainage contractors
- Material suppliers (concrete, stone etc)
- Metal fabricators
- Plant hire
- Accommodation (temporary offices and overnight)
- Waste management
- Fencing contractors
Alison Hood added: “In addition to the businesses who attended the meet the buyer event, we would like to hear from other companies, whether from Romney Marsh, Shepway or further afield in Kent, who think they might be in a position to assist us. One area we will be looking at in due course is the hospitality sector and people who can accommodate and feed the workers.”
An application to install four wind turbines is currently with Shepway District Council. If permission is granted, it is estimated it would produce enough clean, green electricity to meet the needs of some 5,700 homes. The proposal includes a £600,000 community benefit fund over the 25-year operating period of the turbines.
Companies interested in supplying goods and services should contact Jordana Ward Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 020 3030 5060.
Further details about Airvolution and the Agney project, can be found at www.agney-wind.co.uk