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Sailing Academy Staff

Sailing Academy Staff

Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy Has the Green Power

The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) is delighted to announce that this week they have successfully installed a ‘powerPefector,’ the green weapon that reduces energy use and carbon emissions.  The voltage power optimisation unit was ‘won’ by the Academy after narrowly defeating Angus Robertson, powerPerfector’s CEO, in a traditional boat race on the River Alde in September.

According to the Confederation of British Industry, £8.5bn a year is wasted on energy just in the UK.  That adds up to about 22m tonnes of CO2 – or the equivalent of Scotland’s total commercial carbon emissions in a year.  The Academy already has a strong commitment to stewardship of the environment and realise their responsibility to reduce energy wastage.  The WPNSA was built with energy efficiency as the foremost thought in architectural design and has worked successfully with Gold Sponsor Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) to produce 13-15% of its energy through photovoltaic cells which harness solar power. 

The sports venue achievements to reduce their carbon footprint have resulted in an array of awards and just last week the WPNSA once again led the way with a new award.  It was certified by the British Standards Institute for Sustainable Event Management ‘BS 8901’, making it the first UK sailing venue to meet the standard.  The Academy is also recognised by Natural England as ‘an example of best practice’ and received the ‘Sport Industry Environmental Concern in Sport Award.’ 

The installation of the powerPerfector will further help the award-winning venue meet, if not exceed, their target of generating 20% of all their electricity needs by 2012.  The technology works by bringing down incoming voltage, typically around 240 volts in the UK, to the optimum operating level for most electrical equipment at around 220 volts.  This will result in the Academy consuming less energy; voltage power optimisation for all of powerPerfector’s clients saves them a daily rate of 540 tonnes of carbon dioxide and also reduces their energy spend by a remarkable £90,000 a day. 

John Tweed, Chief Executive at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, commented, “the environment is a top concern for us and it is hoped the technology will prove to be a major success in helping us hit our energy and CO2 reduction targets.”


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