The Blog - What’s happening in wind

Posted

04/07/2016

Author

William Rees

Nestlé deal the latest move in corporate wind arms race

Nestlé might be best known for Kit Kat, but its commitment to the environment shows no sign of taking a break.

Last week, the confectioner announced that it was partnering with Community Wind Power to build a new wind farm to power its operations. The nine-turbine Sanquhar community wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway, set for completion in 2017, is due to produce enough electricity for 50% of N ...

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Posted

30/03/2016

Author

Guest Author

Know Your Buyer: Five Investor Profiles For Beginners

Guest post by Kenn Righolt, chief executive at Green Dealflow

For a novice seller, many investors seem to have near-identical interests and concerns.

However, once we start digging deeper through interviews and negotiations, we realise how differently investors approach their investment decisions. If you are selling a project then it is obvious that you want to achieve the best possible pric ...

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Posted

24/03/2016

Author

Robert Tomlinson

Irish Coalition Makes €2.7bn Forecast Uncertain

Politics has a habit of raining on a good parade, and even the most optimistic amongst us can’t ignore the clouds of political uncertainty in Ireland.

The Irish Wind Energy Association released research at its annual conference this week that forecast developers would invest more than €2.7bn in onshore wind in the Republic of Ireland by 2020. However, political uncertainty is putting that in qu ...

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Posted

24/02/2016

Author

Guest Author

A Breath of Fresh Air for Spanish Renewables?

Guest post by Rodrigo Berasategui, finance partner, and David Diez, regulatory partner in the Madrid office of law firm Watson Farley & Williams. They advised on the €528m financial restructuring of Olivento, Spain’s largest onshore wind portfolio refinancing.

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Changes to renewable energy subsidies in Spain have led to the refinancing of a majority of portfolios in the country during t ...

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Posted

17/11/2015

Author

Richard Heap

The show goes on for EWEA in Paris

We like to think we are old hands at this conference business. But it was with heavy hearts that we headed out to the EWEA annual conference that started in Paris on Tuesday.

You should not need us to explain the reason. The terror attacks in the French capital on Friday left nearly 130 people dead and have appalled the world. It would have been easy for EWEA to put this annual conference on ho ...

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Posted

25/09/2015

Author

Guest Author

Top 5 ways to optimise wind farm performance

Guest post by David Cunningham, cleantech and renewables analyst at SgurrEnergy.

You can also download our free report on wind farm optimisation, produced in association with SgurrEnergy. 'Wind farm optimisation' is available to download here.

The wind market is maturing, which means owners and operators are increasingly looking to enhance returns by managing their assets more effectively.   ...

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Posted

17/06/2015

Author

Richard Heap

Hawaii Sets 100% Renewables Goal


Hawaii will never have a problem attracting business people that want a glamorous overseas trip. But now those in renewables have an even stronger business reason to visit the island state. 

This month, Hawaii governor David Ige signed a bill stating that the US island state should run on 100% renewable energy by 2045. The aim is to build on the state’s existing goal of 70% renewable energy b ...

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Posted

26/03/2015

Author

Richard Heap

Price Must Be Right For Local Energy

We blame TV chefs. It seems like we can’t go anywhere without seeing someone talking about how their ingredients are ‘good, honest and locally-sourced’. It’s become a huge cliche.

But there’s a good reason we’re seeing it. Large numbers of people want to know where their food has come from, so they know it has been ethically-sourced and not come from the other side of the world. This helps peop ...

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Posted

18/03/2015

Author

Richard Heap

UK Leaders Need To Appreciate Small Wind


We are as interested as anyone in the move towards 10MW offshore turbines. 

But sometimes we need a reminder of how that is still a relatively small part of the market. In the last month we have had one such reminder, from British renewables trade body RenewableUK in its ‘Small and Medium UK Wind Report’. This is its annual review of the UK’s sub-500kW sector.

The report starts by highligh ...

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Posted

10/03/2015

Author

Richard Heap

Eiffel Tower Falls In Love With Wind


The Eiffel Tower has been a Parisian icon for 126 years, but it was always missing something: wind turbines.

Thankfully, US onsite renewables specialist Urban Green Energy fixed that last month by fitting two vertical axis turbines inside the structure of the tower, 400 feet above the ground. We’d like to see UGE now turn its attention to using turbines to improve other world icons. For examp ...

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