Soyland farmhouse turbines scoop environmental award

Soyland farm owner John Denton has won green award for best home installation for his windturbines and water heating system.'Pictured with John Gumbley from Eagle Power, Ripponden, who created the system looking at how much power is being created while the water tanks in the background heat up
Soyland farm owner John Denton has won green award for best home installation for his windturbines and water heating system.'Pictured with John Gumbley from Eagle Power, Ripponden, who created the system looking at how much power is being created while the water tanks in the background heat up

A WIND turbine that generates 60 per cent of a Soyland farm’s power has also generated an award for its owner.

John Denton’s project at Wells Bottom Farm, Blue Ball Road, was named the best domestic installation in the Yorkshire and Humberside Microregeneration Awards.

Mr Denton, who owns Huddersfield car dealership Quarry Garage, had to fight fierce opposition to the turbine when he applied to Calderdale Council for planning permission.

He said: “Planning is always a potential nightmare. Some planners think wind turbines are secret nuclear processing plants and you have to be very proactive in talking to them.”

Once permission was granted, he still had to prove to electricity network provider YEDL that his 15kw turbine would not overload the local supply network.

This was ensured by a clever system designed by Ripponden firm Eagle Power, which “dumps” surplus power into water heating.

Mr Denton said it had dramatically reduced his household’s oil and gas use.

He said: “We are really proud of our award not just because it recognises the effort that we and Eagle Power have put into the project, but also because it also raises awareness of the need to encourage sustainable development and reduce our reliance on imported energy for power generation.

“Alternative technologies, wind, wave, tidal and solar must play an ever greater place in our energy mix.”

He added: “And remember what we always say in Yorkshire: ‘If it’s summat for nowt, let’s be having it.’”