Wind of change?

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A SCARBOROUGH hotel has unveiled plans to install 16 wind turbines on its roof.

The four-star Crown Spa Hotel in Esplanade says the “elegant and pleasing to the eye” units would help it reduce its running costs, while decreasing its energy consumption and CO2 output.

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The hotel has previously won awards for its green initiatives, claiming a National Award for Excellence in sustainability in 2010 and an 87 per cent Gold rating at the Green Tourism Business Awards this year.

Administration director David Frank said: “During the last six years The Crown Spa Hotel Green Team has continually reappraised each area of our environment policy. Our main strategy is to investigate and implement new technology or practices to reduce CO2 produced directly and indirectly from fossil fuels and to agree as a management team ongoing best practice.

“The ever increasing cost of fuel for heat and power is a major risk to our business. If we as a business are to continue to prosper and compete as a leading independent leisure business in the region, we must attempt to ‘hedge our exposure’ to this risk.

“A requirement for further power generation can only be met by wind power as there is not enough space within the confines of the property for solar PV.”

Mr Frank added: “The total scheme will produce around 35,200 KWh per year, roughly around five per cent of our electrical consumption - equivalent to the electrical energy used by 7.5 average UK houses or 18 tonnes of CO2.

“This will result in the company reducing total running costs of the business by roughly £17,500 per annum and a payback period of 2.5 years and a reduced reliance on the volatile energy market.

“The choice of design of wind power units have been ones which will look both elegant and pleasing to the eye, with minimum noise.”

In the plans, submitted to Scarborough Council, chartered architect Barry Denton said: “The proposal is to site 16 wind turbines, on the central flat roof area of the modern mansard roof, adjacent to an array of existing solar panels. The strategic aim of the Crown Spa Hotel is to achieve a 50 per cent reduction in CO2 output from fossil derived energy by 2015. This can only be achieved by investment in further power generation schemes and enhanced technology to manage energy consumption. As there is insufficient space at the hotel for solar PV, the necessary power generation can only be achieved by wind power.

“This is a renewed opportunity for Scarborough Borough Council to demonstrate that they are understanding of the pressures and needs of sustainability and realistic to the changing world.”