A COMPANY based in Glasgow's East End, which specialises in sustainable wind technology, has whipped up orders worth more than £1million.

UrbanWind is supplying wind turbines to three major landowners at a time of increased demand for renewable energy, despite opposition from some politicians.

The firm, which is based in Carmyle Avenue, Tollcross, has started installing a wind turbine at a large farm in Forfar and is preparing to install two more at sites in the north of England and the Midlands within the next three months.

UrbanWind is not a manufacturer but a turbine supplier and installer, and employs up to 30 staff across its headquarters in Glasgow and at a hub in England.

Company chiefs reckon there could be more work on the horizon.

Managing director Phil McVan said: "We are seeing a surge of customers and potential clients looking to become independent of the burden of ever-increasing power bills.

"It really has become a hot topic. In the past fortnight we have sealed deals to erect wind turbines in Forfar, Cumbria, and the Midlands.

"Clients like the idea of taking control of their energy needs and of the possibility of extra revenue streams that renewable energy brings them.

"We are also in advanced talks with a number of major utility companies who are looking at how to harness renewable energy, not only to cut their bills, but also to fulfil their carbon reduction and corporate social responsibility targets."

Mr McVan added: "Our customers are telling us they want to have a say in controlling their energy costs and de-risk against rising energy prices.

"They can do that by turning to renewable technology that gives them the power they require and the ability to generate extra revenue by selling any excess back to the National Grid. It is an investment in their future."

The Scottish Government aims to generate the equivalent of 100% of Scotland's gross annual electricity consumption from renewable sources by the year 2020.

gordon.thomson @eveningtimes.co.uk