I know there is a temptation to see all windmill producers as part of the great evil of “green energy” global warming scam. However, having worked with Proven engineering I can vouch that Proven Engineering was not part of the wind energy scam, at least while I knew them. This was a hard working company built up by one person (and his wife) at a time when wind energy was not at all attractive to the politicians as a photogenic backdrops.
If anything Proven were very much “shafted” by BIG WIND whose only ambition was to get government to give us much money as possible to them for nothing else than buying a few foreign windmills, getting their engineers to come and erect them, then sitting back in their London clubs and rolling in the money. Proven were quite definitely the outsiders, tolerated because it helped spread the lie of “wind jobs” but otherwise ignored or worse: ostracised for reminding everyone that there were jobs in BIG WIND just not in Scotland.
His customers were small farmers, crofters and various other small landholdings who e.g. were too far from the grid or high energy users and with enough wind could recoup the cost of the windmill through the electricity they paid. This wasn’t the money grabbing profiteers of big wind, this was a small Scottish company actually making a success without government (much) support. And there is no doubt his product was considered the most robust windmill on the market, literally proven in the Scottish climate.
Companies have to earn a living. Some companies build phone masts, some build pylons, and some build windmills, and it is far far better that those who supply those products are based in Scotland rather than like BIG WIND, they are foreign companies draining Scotland dry.
So, despite the fact I have grown to hate the BIG WIND windmills that litter our landscape, I was still proud of my small part working with Proven on their control circuitry. Back in those days, they were a great bunch, I used to love visiting the workshop because it was just the kind any engineer would love, full of massive machinery, the smell of oil and people with a passion for their work.
And, to be honest I can’t think of a worse time for them to go bust. It really does show the absurdity of Alex Salmonds “Green Job’s” strategy. Wind does not great jobs … or at least BIG WIND doesn’t create jobs, the economic drain reduced the jobs in Scotland not to mention the hit on tourism. But, at least small wind … windmills like Proven, they used to create jobs … before Proven went bust, now Scotland is back to being a total basket case on Green jobs.