Tackling the causes of climate change has become a priority for Governments at both a national and local level across the UK. AWG began its journey to understand and address these problems in 2007 with the appointment of a Sustainability Director. Today, our commitment to tackling the climate crisis is at the core of our business.
Our response was to take action and secure planning consents, build and operate the two tallest on-shore wind turbines in the UK at Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire and Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire in 2014. A third wind turbine in Nottinghamshire was added to the fleet in 2016. Each turbine is connected locally, providing renewable electricity to local homes and businesses. A fourth turbine will soon be under construction near Leighton Buzzard.
In 2019, AW Renewables secured planning consent for a solar farm at Checkley Wood, Heath & Reach, between Milton Keynes and Dunstable, and is working with AW Energy to build the first, direct linked, bus and electric vehicle ultra-rapid charging station on the A5 at Heath & Reach which will kick start the transformation from diesel buses to clean electric buses thereby decarbonising the Leighton Buzzard public transport network.
AW Renewables works closely with AW Promotion & Development to plan energy centres as an integral element of new housing and mixed development schemes. In doing so, we aim to create sustainable communities that balance the delivery of much-needed new homes and jobs alongside clean energy to power and heat the developments.
We are already making a positive impact generating over 13,000 MWh of renewable electricity per annum (enough electricity for 3,250 existing homes in Central Bedfordshire) which saves over 3,500 T CO2e (tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent) and we partner with experts and academics from Warwick University to find solutions that will significantly accelerate the Government’s policy aim for zero carbon developments and a net zero carbon economy by 2050.