Irish expansion continues at Natural Power

Renewable energy and infrastructure consultancy, Natural Power, has appointed three new team members at its Dublin office. Keara O’ Shea has joined the geotech team as a geographical engineer, Kathryn Oliver has joined as an environmental consultant in the ecology team and Marc McLoughlin has joined as business development manager. The business is also currently recruiting for a further role in its Irish planning team. Marc Lamphiere, Natural Power’s Country Director in Ireland, said: “We’re delighted to welcome our new team members on board. We are developing a really robust…

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Natural Power doubles up on wind farm acquisitions for Greenbacker

Natural Power provided technical due diligence reviews on behalf of Greenbacker Renewable Energy Co. LLC on two recent wind plant acquisitions, Georgia Mountain Wind Farm in Vermont, and Wagner Wind in California. The independent evaluations included turbine technology reviews, turbine, blade and BOP inspections as well as review of key contracts including PPAs and turbine service agreements, as well as technical assessments of operational performance at both plants. Natural Power’s experts also estimated O&M costs for the course of the respective project life spans. Charles Wheeler, CEO and CIO at…

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Natural Power delivers predictive habitat mapping for Scottish Natural Heritage

Natural Power delivers predictive habitat mapping for Scottish Natural Heritage Natural Power was commissioned by Scottish Natural Heritage to predictively map the spatial extent of Annex 1 habitats in 25 special areas of conservation and three marine protected areas throughout Scotland. Using the best available data, Natural Power created a tailored approach combining spatial mapping, imagery classification and predictive statistical mapping to overcome variations in the quality of existing data for Scottish waters. In many sites, the mapping improved upon previously mapped polygons by using more recently collected data, and…

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Turbine tip extension offers energy output boost

Natural Power recently provided planning support and conducted structural assessments as part of a retro-fit blade tip extension pilot project for Siemens Gamesa’s fleet of 2.3MW onshore wind turbines at Fred.Olsen Renewables’ Crystal Rig II site in the Scottish Borders. It is expected that the tip extensions of 2.55m will achieve an annual energy production boost of up to 10%.   Shane Bermingham, Engineering Design Lead at Natural Power, said: “As we move to a subsidy free market, any increases asset owners can see in production is a very attractive…

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Consent for Pant y Maen Wind Farm

Leading renewable energy and infrastructure consultancy, Natural Power, has secured consent on behalf of Pany y Maen Wind Ltd for a seven turbine site in Denbighshire, North Wales. The initial application was refused by Denbighshire County Council on the grounds of landscape and visual impact, impact on local dwellings and on the historic environment, however the decision was appealed, and the Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs agreed that the benefits of the scheme outweighed any potential negative impacts. John Woodruff, Head of Projects, Planning and Environment at…

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Natural Power adds to Heat Network Consultant status

Natural Power’s Senior Renewable Heat Manager, Andy Yuill, has joined the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Certification Register of Heat Network Consultants following his training and exam success. He joins his colleagues, Guy Milligan, accepted earlier this year, and Steve Smith, who was officially accepted as the first Scottish-based CIBSE registered Heat Network Consultant last year. This makes Natural Power the consultancy with the largest number of accredited heat network consultants in Scotland. Andy said: “Standards and codes of practice such as the CIBSE Heat Networks Code of…

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Natural Power completes ROC project no 8 for Airvolution Energy

Leading renewable energy and infrastructure consultancy, Natural Power, has completed due diligence on behalf of Airvolution Energy (‘Airvolution’) for its commissioning of Kinegar Wind Farm in the Scottish Borders, making it the eighth renewable obligation certificate (ROC) and Feed in Tariff (FiT) due diligence project delivered for Airvolution. Gregory Dudziak, Due Diligence Lead at Natural Power, said: “We have worked for Airvolution for the past three years, and were delighted to complete this due diligence on the latest project at Kinegar wind farm.” Gary Freedman, Commercial Director at Airvolution, said:…

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Natural Power appoints Head of Offshore

Natural Power appoints Head of Offshore Nancy McLean has been appointed to the role of Head of Offshore to lead Natural Power’s offshore business and explore new opportunities both within the UK and internationally. Nancy previously held the role of Principal Environmental Consultant in Natural Power’s Planning and Environment department and in her new position she will report direct to Pieter D’haen, Commercial Director. Nancy joined Natural Power in 2003 and has been specialising in offshore renewables for the last eight years. She has been working closely with a number…

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Natural Power advises on Europe’s largest single-site onshore wind farm – Markbygden, Sweden

Leading renewable energy and infrastructure consultancy, Natural Power, has completed due diligence on behalf of GE Energy Financial Services (GE EFS) and Green Investment Group Limited (Green Investment Group), part of Macquarie Group (Macquarie) for the acquisition of the 650-MW Markbygden ETT onshore wind farm in Northern Sweden, which reached financial close on 7th November 2017. Neil Marshall, Due Diligence Project Manager at Natural Power, said: “It has been a privilege to have played a role in helping a landmark project like Markbygden reach financial close. The scale of the…

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Natural Power names HSEQ lead

Leading renewable energy and infrastructure consultancy, Natural Power has appointed David Armour as its Head of HSEQ. This wide ranging role includes leading the health, safety, environmental and quality team that provides support and advice to both the company internally and to its clients internationally. David also has responsibility for developing and implementing the HSEQ strategy across Natural Power, maintaining the ISO 9001, 14001 and OHSAS 18001 accreditations and ensuring the organisation carries out its works in a responsible and diligent manner. He said: “Natural Power has a strong reputation…

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