UK’s oldest renewable energy company celebrates milestone
A firm established in Rutland 40 years ago to manufacture small wind turbines recently celebrated reaching the milestone on the banks of Rutland Water.
Marlec Engineering sales director Teresa Auciello said it was a unique business as there were “few” companies worldwide developing and manufacturing micro wind turbines.
“To find one that is 40 years old is rare indeed,” said Teresa.
“This is certainly a milestone worthy of mention as there is no other business as long established in renewable energy as we are in the UK.”
The company has since moved to larger premises in nearby Corby but many of the 25 strong team are
still Stamford and Rutland based.
The Rutland name is linked with it’s products which are exported worldwide under the brand name Rutland Windcharger.
The company’s small turbines, typically less than two metres in span, and solar energy systems are sold and installed in Australia, Japan, Africa and even the Antarctic.
The renewable energy systems enable customers to live independently of the national grid and facilitate the use of cameras and safety equipment on roadsides by creating a mini power supply, harnessing the clean and naturally occurring energy of the wind and sun.
Many of the 100,000 turbines the company has produced are used on sailing boats to keep batteries charged on board for essential navigation equipment.