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The new home for renewables - Somerset


Green energy could be the key to lifting the south west out of recession, according to a new report, with a 78% increase in employment in the renewables sector and a 17% increase in value over the last two years.
Leading this shift is Somerset, whose LEP proposal highlights the county as a low carbon energy generation hub. A number of key partnerships and programmes are already expanding the renewables cluster in the county.
The ‘Green Knowledge Economy’, which is vital to Britain’s GDP, comprises manufacturing, distribution, installation and maintenance, with a raft of support services, including green energy sales, recruitment, accountancy and legal.
After decades of decline, there’s a return to manufacturing in Somerset – production of the specialised components required by the renewables sector is ideally suited in an environment where engineering expertise is already present alongside a skilled workforce. Transferrable skills, for example, from aeronautical engineering to wind turbines, are proving critical.
Somerset is also a distribution hub, ideally situated on the M5 and A303 corridors, with access to London and Birmingham in under two hours and Bristol in 30 minutes.
Coemi Wind Turbines, currently importing its high value products from abroad, assembles in Somerset and is looking to move its design and manufacturing operations there. Managing Director, Paul Young, picked the county for its combination of skills, access, business support and proximity to similar companies:
“There is undoubtedly a benefit to being within a cluster. The South West in general and Somerset in particular have become a centre of excellence for renewable technologies, with the perfect combination of engineering expertise, support for businesses and green enterprise.”
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