THRIVE Renewables opens its Avonmouth wind farm

Avonmouth Windfarm

As part of Bristol Doors Open Day, sustainable energy company, THRIVE Renewables (previously Triodos Renewables) Bristol, will be opening up its Avonmouth wind farm to the public for the day on Saturday 9th September.

Visitors will discover first-hand how the THRIVE turbines work to transform wind into clean electricity to power our homes and businesses. This free family event includes fun, educational activities for children, based on science and energy.

Adults will also enjoy the range of information and advice from our partners available to talk about energy efficiency, wind farm ecology and renewable power.

Renewables and energy saving tips

Visitors will be able to discover more about wind farms and renewable energy from The THRIVE team; speak to The Landmark Practice to understand more about ecology on wind farms, and hear more about energy efficiency in the home from The Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE), a Bristol based nationwide charity that shares knowledge and experience to help people change the way they think and act on energy.

Matthew Clayton, Managing Director of Thrive Renewables (THRIVE) added: “Our Avonmouth site has four turbines and generates enough electricity to power the equivalent of 5,232 UK homes. The site itself is based at the Wessex Water waste water treatment works and was built in 2013 with 40% of the workforce from the south west.

We also have barn owls nesting on site for the second year running and our ecologists will be on hand to talk about wind farms and the habitats around them. From the Orkney Islands to Bristol; North Wales to East Anglia, we’re generating clean energy that benefits the UK and empowering people to address climate change.”

“Our energy advice team is looking forward to supporting the open day and to talk about how changing the way we use energy can improve our lives for the better. We’ll be on hand to talk about useful energy saving tips that can make a real difference to your home, information on funding towards home improvements, information on different services and discounts that you might be eligible for and seeking new volunteers.” Said Paola Aldana, energy advisor at CSE.

The ExplorerDome experience

Parents and children will watch and experience the ExplorerDome, an interactive light show in a mobile planetarium to discover more about climate change, energy and the Avonmouth turbines – science has never been so much fun!

A sensory delight for everyone

As part of the Bristol Doors Open Day theme this year, there will be plenty to ‘Touch, See and Listen’ to on the day including plot & build your own turbine, the energy bike challenge to see how much pedal power you can generate and a nature safari as well as other activities and homemade refreshments on sale from local charity, FoodCycle Bristol.

Visitors will get the chance to get up close to the commercial scale wind turbines, as well as get pictures taken with them, and learn about the technology and the wider implications of renewable energy. The Thrive team will be on hand for anyone to ask questions, from children to students to those who might be unsure about renewables.

The event is now sold out with 400 tickets sold through the Bristol Doors Open Day festival.