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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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October 18, 2018

Natural Power advises Statkraft on Element Power acquisition

Leading renewable energy and infrastructure consultancy, Natural Power, has provided technical due diligence support to Statkraft for the acquisition of the Irish and UK wind development businesses of the Element Power Group.

The transaction provides Statkraft with a large onshore wind development pipeline in Ireland and strengthens its position in the UK. It is already Europe’s largest producer of renewable energy and has an ambition to grow further within the hydropower, wind and solar sectors.

Natural Power was selected for this project thanks to the team’s understanding of Statkraft’s requirements of the task. It was important for the company that the team was [...]

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