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November 28, 2018

Ornithological plan leads to barn owl success

Thanks to the ornithological monitoring plan at Crystal Rig wind farm in the Scottish Borders, Natural Power is pleased to confirm that four pairs of barn owls bred at the site this year.

The ornithological monitoring plan, a document setting out the monitoring requirements as dictated by the planning conditions attached to the wind farm consent, specified the requirement for artificial nesting baskets for long-eared owls which were installed to mitigate against the loss of nesting habitat for this species as large areas of forestry (the breeding habitat for long-eared owl) were felled to allow for wind farm construction.

Through the on-going monitoring work, no [...]

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November 8, 2018

Wind and Solar Power Forecasting Innovation

Natural Power sponsor PhD in Power Forecasting

Leading renewable energy and infrastructure consultancy, Natural Power, is to collaborate with the University of Strathclyde and The Data Lab to jointly sponsor Rosemary Tawn for a PhD in Short-Term Wind and Solar Power Forecasting.

The three and half year PhD will focus on improving power forecasting for renewable energy assets, and it is anticipated that work on upgrading Natural Power’s forecasting system will begin in 2019.

Callum McLean, Head of Innovation and Data at Natural Power said: “Forecasting is a key service for our ControlCentre clients who are connected to the National Grid transmission network. As the [...]

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October 30, 2018

Natural Power’s Head of Solar and Energy Storage Appointed

Leading renewable energy and infrastructure consultancy, Natural Power, has appointed Shawn Shaw to the role Head of Solar and Energy Storage.

Based in the Saratoga Springs, New York office, Shawn will be responsible for leading and growing Natural Power’s robust solar and energy storage business lines focused on due diligence, technical advisory, and independent consulting to financiers, investors, project developers, and government agencies across the world.

Shawn joins from The Cadmus Group where he was Principal in charge of the firm’s multimillion-dollar distributed energy resources (DER) practice area. During his time in this role, Shawn founded and led a [...]

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September 27, 2018

Natural Power advises Greencoat Renewables on Coillte wind acquisition

Leading renewable energy and infrastructure consultancy, Natural Power, has provided technical due diligence support to Greencoat Renewables PLC for the acquisition of Coillte’s shareholding in its portfolio of operating wind generation assets across Ireland.

The acquisition comprises:

50% stake in Raheenleagh wind farm in County Wicklow 50% stake in Cloosh Valley wind farm in County Galway, Ireland’s biggest and best performing wind farm 50% stake in Castlepook wind farm in County Cork 25% stake in Sliabh Bawn wind farm in County Roscommon

Marc Lamphiere, Country Director for Natural Power in Ireland, said: “Our involvement as technical due diligence advisor on this [...]

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September 5, 2018

Natural Power to co-host Quo Vadis

Natural Power is set to co-host the 12th annual Quo Vadis Conference which takes place on Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th September 2018 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow.

 

This invitation-only event is recognised by wind farm owners and operators as one of the most important and valuable events in the wind industry.

 

Stuart Egan, Head of Site Operations at Natural Power, will be presenting a session on wind farm performance [...]

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July 16, 2018

Independent servicing contract win for Natural Power

Following a competitive tender process, Natural Power has been appointed by Ventient Energy to deliver an independent turbine servicing contract at Westfield Wind Farm in Fife, Scotland.

The four five-year old Nordex N90 wind turbines on site will be covered by the servicing contract that includes a carefully planned predictive maintenance schedule as well as reactive repairs and responding to any major component failures. The asset will be remotely monitored via Natural Power’s ControlCentre, the largest, independently operated 24/7 control room in the UK.

This takes Natural Power’s servicing contract portfolio, which also includes Paul’s Hill and [...]

 
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May 25, 2018

Natural Power invests £540k in state-of-the-art ControlCentre

Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse officially opens Natural Power’s new ControlCentre and Brockloch Rig Wind Farm

Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse has visited Natural Power’s global headquarters, ‘The Green House’ in Dumfries and Galloway, to mark the official launch of the new over £540,000 ControlCentre, and to mark the opening of Fred Olsen Renewables’ Brockloch Rig Wind Farm, which is to be operated by Natural Power.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Natural Power’s ControlCentre, a new state-of-the-art facility, has been created. This is the largest, independently operated 24/7 control room in the UK, managing more than 175 renewable energy assets which are located [...]

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