Manchester City Football Club is to get its own wind turbine in a bid to curb its carbon emissions. Green power company Ecotricity will supply and operate the 2 MW Enercon turbine on a merchant basis. According to Ecotricity, the SportCity Wind Turbine will single out the Manchester stadium as the only sporting arena in the world to have its own renewable energy supply. Output from the wind turbine will also supply power to a number of homes in east Manchester. Ecotricity's Dale Vince says the project could show other organisations that becoming "green" does not have to be economically painful. "The club won't be spending any additional money on its energy supply, but will have peace of mind knowing that it's part of a growing movement to redress climate change," he says. From Manchester City, social responsibility manager Pete Bradshaw says: "The club has engaged in extensive local consultation in the past 12 months, which will now be followed up with a series of formal consultation processes. Planning consent will be sought in the autumn, and if agreed, the turbine should soon be delivering energy to the people of east Manchester."
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol