7 December 2016

During October, Shoreham Port launched its wind turbine naming competition, inviting local primary schools to take part. Many creative and quirky entries were received and the judges from Shoreham Port and wind turbine manufacturer ‘Norvento’ had a tricky time selecting the winners.

After much deliberation the judges selected Spinny & Gusty as the winning names. Spinny is the wind turbine situated to the East, and Gusty to the West. Spinny was suggested by Ruby in Year 3 at St Nicolas and St Mary CE Primary School in Shoreham and Gusty was suggested by Rhiannon in year 5 at Eastbrook Primary Academy in Southwick.

Katie Orchin, Marketing & Communications Executive at Shoreham Port commented “Congratulations to Ruby and Rhiannon for their fantastic name suggestions. We all felt the names summed up the very essence of wind energy, whilst remaining fun and catchy. We very much look forward to inviting Ruby and Rhiannon and their fellow classmates down to the Port in the spring for the official naming ceremony.”

Joe MacAllister, Year 3 Teacher at St Nicolas & St Mary CE Primary School commented “Ruby was so surprised to hear that Spinny had been chosen as one of the winning names. She is really excited to see her drawing of Spinny on display and is especially looking forward to her prize of a family visit to the SeaLife Centre!”

Kristen Fawcett, Deputy Head at Eastbrook Primary Academy added “Rhiannon and her family were over the moon when they heard the news that she was one of the winners of the competition. She has been busy this weekend drawing a wonderful picture of Gusty for Shoreham Port’s information board. Rhiannon and her class are really looking forward to meeting Spinny & Gusty in the New Year!”

The wind turbines have now been producing renewable energy for several months and are already significantly reducing the Port’s energy bills and its carbon footprint. One of the turbines, however, is running below par and Norvento intend to replace the motor in the spring.

Ivo Arnús, Director of Business Development at Norvento UK commented “Ever since we installed Spinny & Gusty we have received a very positive response from the whole community in Shoreham. The current political environment is not playing very favourably to the renewable’s sector but witnessing such level of engagement from the young community is such a privilege. It is the kind of feedback we need to continue in our endeavour to build a sustainable future.”