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DIY Wind Turbines

A COCKERMOUTH company believes the answer to spiralling energy costs is blowing in the wind.

Wind Trap, of Lorton, sells DIY wind turbines for people to put up and power electrical items in their homes in an environmentally-friendly way.

The company, was set up last year by Matt Mavir, originally from Papcastle, and David Postlethwaite, of Lorton, and is due to appear on the BBC’s Newsnight programme on Tuesday.

Matt, Wind Trap’s sales director, said: “There’s a guy on Newsnight who is spending a year of ethical living so we’re going down to install a turbine on his house in London.

“The main point of it is if you are really wanting to make savings and want to be greener. That’s the reason to do it.

“David’s father owns a company that installs all the larger turbines and I just thought wouldn’t it be great if everyone could have a smaller turbine on their house.

“Everyone complains about the larger turbines so if you could have smaller ones then everyone would be happy.

“My knowledge of wind power was pretty low but I’ve used David’s technical knowledge and combined it with my knowledge of the internet.

“The funny thing is in my GCSEs my two lowest marks were for business studies and information technology, and now I’m running an internet company.

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Wind Trap, of Lorton, sells DIY wind turbines for people to put up and power electrical items in their homes in an environmentally-friendly way.

The company, was set up last year by Matt Mavir, originally from Papcastle, and David Postlethwaite, of Lorton, and is due to appear on the BBC’s Newsnight programme on Tuesday.

Matt, Wind Trap’s sales director, said: “There’s a guy on Newsnight who is spending a year of ethical living so we’re going down to install a turbine on his house in London.

“The main point of it is if you are really wanting to make savings and want to be greener. That’s the reason to do it.

“David’s father owns a company that installs all the larger turbines and I just thought wouldn’t it be great if everyone could have a smaller turbine on their house.

“Everyone complains about the larger turbines so if you could have smaller ones then everyone would be happy.

“My knowledge of wind power was pretty low but I’ve used David’s technical knowledge and combined it with my knowledge of the internet.

“The funny thing is in my GCSEs my two lowest marks were for business studies and information technology, and now I’m running an internet company.

“I got a C in IT and an E for business. I didn’t even think they went down that far to be honest. ”

The company sells the DIY wind turbines from its website for people to install themselves either on their house or even for fixing to boats and caravans. Prices range from £255 to £1,495.

There is even a link for making planning applications with the local council.

Matt said: “The hardest thing is getting planning permission for a permanent wind turbine but we are hoping they will get special dispensation like satellite dishes.”

Matt also started up the internet company Last Night of Freedom in 2000, offering stag and hen nights. It has sold more than four thousand stag and hen weekends with a six and a half million pound turnover to date.

He said he hoped to echo the success with Wind Trap and said that feedback had been overwhelmingly positive.

He added: “Everyone’s been really supportive so far.

“We have had one or two people saying they don’t think it will work, but we had quite a few doubts with the stag company so we will wait and see.”


Source: http://www.businessgazette....

MAR 24 2006
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