2,000 wind turbines set for Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Alpha 311 is working with Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) to bring 2,000 turbines to the area.
Posted on 11 August 2022

Alpha 311 is working with Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) to bring 2,000 turbines to the area.

The two organisations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) intended to bring the revolutionary wind turbines and a host of green skills to the Greater Manchester region.

The MoU focuses on installing the turbines in the North West, creating clean energy that can be used locally, helping meet net-zero targets, and driving green skills in the region.

The partnership demonstrates the power of collaboration between industry and forward-thinking regional government.

GMCA will be supported by the Energy Innovation Agency, their partners, and the Manchester Inward Investment Agency (MIDAS).

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, said“I’m delighted to see this partnership with Alpha 311 come to fruition and I’m looking forward to seeing these innovative wind turbines on Greater Manchester’s lamp posts and buildings in the near future.

“The switch to net-zero carbon can, and should, be something that offers a fairer future, as well as a greener one. Not only will this partnership see us generate more low carbon energy locally, it will also support the creation of 200 new jobs in Greater Manchester with green skills developed here, and – crucially – provide more affordable energy to people at a time when they need it most.”

Alpha 311 co-founder Barry Thompson, said: “We’re very excited to be working with GMCA in deploying the Alpha 311 turbines around even more of the UK.

“We’re eager to not only bring an innovative product to the region for the benefit of local communities and businesses, but we’re also excited about the potential local employment opportunities our combined projects will offer.”

David Schiele, Director for the Energy Innovation Agency, said: “Working with Alpha 311 we’ve been able to find a local solution to generating clean energy, supporting Greater Manchester’s 2038 carbon-neutral target. This collaboration shows really clearly how the Energy Innovation Agency can work with businesses to bring clean, renewable, and innovative products to market to benefit local communities. This partnership is about growth in green technologies, growth in the burgeoning green manufacturing skills sector, and above all growth in the carbon neutral economy”

Alpha 311 co-founder John Sanderson said: “It’s always been our goal to empower local communities. If people live with turbines, they should not only benefit from the energy generated but also jobs and new skills they create.”

This announcement comes after the news that the world’s first roadside deployment of the Alpha 311 turbines will be in Telford, UK.