Wind turbine supplier Gaia Wind in liquidation

Gaia Wind, a Glasgow-based supplier of small scale wind turbines has gone into liquidation. The company announced that Michael Reid, Meston Reid & Co, Aberdeen was appointed provisional liquidator by the Court of Session in Edinburgh on 13 March.

The firm had been in operation since 2011 and has supplied 2,000 wind turbines in the UK and overseas. RenewableUK blamed the company closure on government’s failure to set out how it intends to deliver small-scale renewable energy in the future.

Emma Pinchbeck, RenewableUK executive director, said, “Inaction by government has real consequences for small businesses and the communities they work with. We have warned officials time and again that a failure to treat this issue as urgent puts jobs at risk. These are local jobs created by British entrepreneurs. We need clarity on the future of small-scale renewables as soon as possible for the sake of other flagship firms and innovative community energy projects nationwide”.

Jenny Hogan, deputy chief executive of Scottish Renewables, said: “This disappointing news reflects clearly the state of this sector in the UK.

“Small wind turbine manufacturers like Gaia-Wind have suffered from both cuts to support provided by the UK Government and, more acutely, a lack of direction for the policies which should sustain a viable market for their products.”