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CALGARY, ALBERTA - June 15, 2011 - Enbridge Inc. (TSX, NYSE: ENB) and Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc. (RES Canada), an affiliate of RES Americas, are celebrating the completion of Enbridge's 99-megawatt Talbot Wind Project today, Global Wind Day 2011.
"We are pleased to officially introduce the Talbot Wind Project to the Chatham-Kent community," said Don Thompson, Vice President, Green Energy, "particularly since today is Global Wind Day and people around the world are celebrating wind for its contributions as a clean and renewable energy source."
Enbridge owns the project and RES Canada developed and constructed it.
"RES Canada is excited to have created jobs and environmental benefits for Ontario," said Susan Reilly, President and Chief Executive Officer, RES Canada. "Through the support of the community and by working with Enbridge, the Ontario Power Authority, Hydro One, Siemens, and local contractors, the project was completed on time and within budget. RES Canada looks forward to continuing to bring clean and sustainable renewable energy to Ontario and other Canadian provinces."
"Our investment of up to $30 million from the ecoENERGY for Renewable Power program in the Talbot Wind Farm demonstrates the Government of Canada's commitment to increasing the supply of clean, renewable energy to Canadians," said the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources. "This is an innovative example of a clean energy project supporting high-quality jobs and a sustainable energy source for Ontario's future."
To celebrate the Talbot Wind Project's completion, Enbridge and RES Canada announced two community investments.
"We are proud to be part of Chatham-Kent, and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship," said Mr. Thompson. "Today is a true celebration of our involvement in - and commitment to - this community."
Now that it is complete, the Talbot Wind Project generates enough clean wind energy to power about 33,000 average Canadian homes. It complements Enbridge's growing portfolio of renewable and alternative energy assets, which includes seven wind power projects, one of the world's largest solar photovoltaic facilities (the Sarnia Solar Project), waste heat recovery facilities, and a fuel cell power plant. These projects bring the capacity of Enbridge's renewable and alternative energy investments (existing and under construction) to over 850 megawatts - enough to power over 295,000 homes.
The Talbot Wind Project also helps advance Enbridge's commitment to achieving an environmentally neutral footprint by 2015. It is expected to enable the avoidance of about 106,600 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year, and represents a significant step forward in Enbridge's commitment to generate a kilowatt of renewable energy for every kilowatt consumed by the company's operations.
The project created about 300 construction jobs and 10 full-time
local jobs. It generated revenue for local businesses through
almost C$60 million in capital expenditures, and will continue to
generate local revenue through about C$7 million in annual
operating expenditures. The Municipality will receive annual tax
payments of about C$280,000.
The project delivers energy to the Ontario Power Authority under a 20-year Renewable Energy Supply (RES) III agreement. It is also receiving a one cent per kilowatt-hour energy production incentive over the next ten years from Natural Resources Canada's ecoENERGY for Renewable Power program.
TALBOT WIND PROJECT AT A GLANCE
RES celebrates Wind Week with launch of its new educational resource
Have you ever driven on the northern section of the M25, seen the wind turbine at Kings Langley and wondered how it came to be there? Well, now your children can tell you.… Read More
RES celebrates Wind Week with launch of its new educational resource
Have you ever driven on the northern section of the M25, seen the wind turbine at Kings Langley and wondered how it came to be there? Well, now your children can tell you.
'Lofty Finds a Home' is the name of a new book written by RES's
Education Officer, Sandie Taylor, published online today in
celebration of UK Wind Week. The large format book is aimed at 5-8
year olds and tells how Lofty, the 50m tall wind turbine, came to
be sitting on a hill overlooking Kings Langley in Hertfordshire,
helping to power RES's award-winning, low-carbon head office at
The book is based on a true story: Lofty was bought second-hand from a Dutch farmer especially to provide clean, green electricity to the RES buildings. Shipped over from Holland in 2003, he has since become a popular attraction for school children across the southeast.
Sandie Taylor, Education Officer at RES said: Wind power is becoming a common feature of life for the younger generation, so I wanted to create a story about wind turbines and explain why we choose to put them where we do. It's not as straight forward as you might think."
The book is both "exciting and entertaining" according to local pupil Carl, aged 9. In the story, several different groups would like to buy Lofty, but it becomes clear that RES is offering him the most suitable home of all: Beaufort Court.
"Lofty is uncertain about his new home at first," says Sandie, "But he soon realises that he is immensely popular in the local community. Children love to come and put their arms round him."
"It was a sad story but I'm glad it worked out in the end," commented Sara, a local school pupil age 8.
The book was illustrated by Earl Sandiford, a local graphic designer. The images are big and bold and are designed to appeal to children.
Lofty Finds a Home will be launched as an e-book on the Beaufort Court website (www.beaufortcourt.com) on 15 June 2011, as part of UK Wind Week.
Lofty has been developed as part of RES's commitment to education and learning. It is the first in a series of renewable energy educational resources that RES is publishing for use by schools as part of its Young Energy education programme. An online education pack for secondary schools, linking to both science and geography curricula, will be launched later in 2011.
Sandie Taylor will be reading Lofty finds a New Home at storytelling sessions during the RES celebrations of UK Wind Week, and during school visits at the Beaufort Court Education Centre. Schools can arrange these visits free of charge on Mondays and Tuesdays. For more information, go to www.beaufortcourt.com or call 01923 299 300.
Notes to editors:
1. The RES Group is one of the world's leading independent
renewable energy project developers
with operations across Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. At the forefront of wind energy
development for over 25 years, RES has developed and/or built more than 5GW of wind energy
capacity worldwide. The RES Group is active in a range of renewable energy technologies
including large-scale biomass, solar, wave and tidal and on-site renewable installations. For
more information, visit www.res-group.com
CONTACT FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Education Manager, RES Group
+44 (0) 1923 299 347
+44 (0) 7795 236 403
On 15 June 2011, 'Global Wind Day', citizens from around the world can discover the benefits of wind energy while having fun. With Middle East instability affecting oil prices and debate over nuclear following Fukushima, the hundreds of events on of…Read More
On 15 June 2011, 'Global Wind Day', citizens from around the world can discover the benefits of wind energy while having fun. With Middle East instability affecting oil prices and debate over nuclear following Fukushima, the hundreds of events on offer on Global Wind Day will show people everywhere how wind can be part of a stable, clean energy future.
From Austria to Australia to Japan, Canada to Uruguay, Germany to the Ukraine, citizens will be able to parachute from wind turbines, watch open-air theatre, build kites for kite surfing, visit new wind farms, check out wind industry jobs fairs and play at wind energy parties. Highlights include the German Technology Museum in Berlin opening its doors for a wind energy exhibition and US launch of the WindMade initiative in New York City - an initiative to develop a consumer label for companies and products using wind power.
At Global Wind Day 2010, there were 220 events in 29 countries around the world. Global Wind Day is organised by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), who coordinate a worldwide network of partners.
"With wind, we can achieve a genuine energy revolution, and on 15 June, people on all continents celebrate the promises that wind power holds for our planet", stated GWEC's Chairman Klaus Rave.
"Fukushima, the Arab spring and the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have created enormous public interest in the future of energy" said EWEA President Arthouros Zervos. "Global Wind Day encourages citizens to find out for themselves how wind can make our energy supply more secure and environmentally friendly".
For more information on Global Wind Day and a complete map of global activities, visit www.globalwindday.org.
Angelika Pullen, GWEC, +32 473 947 966, email@example.com
Renewable Energy Systems (RES)1 and SSE Renewables2, the renewable energy development division of SSE, have finalised agreements for the sale of the Keadby Wind Farm project in North Lincolnshire from RES to SSE Renewables.
The Keadby Wind Farm was…Read More
Renewable Energy Systems (RES)1 and SSE Renewables2, the renewable energy development division of SSE, have finalised agreements for the sale of the Keadby Wind Farm project in North Lincolnshire from RES to SSE Renewables.
The Keadby Wind Farm was developed by the RES Group and the 34 turbine project received planning consent in 2008. Once constructed, the project will have an installed capacity of between 68 and 85MW and will provide clean, green energy which will power the equivalent of between 38,000 and 47,000 UK homes3.
Plans for the wind farm remain unchanged and SSE Renewables and RES will be working closely together over the coming months to prepare for construction and are consulting with the local community and stakeholders to ensure they are kept informed with the latest information as the project progresses.
RES will continue to lead on current development activities and recently held consultation exhibitions with local communities about the proposed construction traffic route to the site. Both RES and SSE Renewables are keen to highlight that the plans for the access route will remain unchanged.
Helen Wilson from RES commented that: "We are extremely pleased that a company already present in the local area will own Keadby Wind Farm. RES will be working alongside the SSE team throughout the coming months to ensure that final plans for the wind farm are agreed by the Council before construction starts. Part of this process will include the submission of a transport management plan which will ensure that wind farm construction traffic will avoid the surrounding villages. The access route for the site will not deviate from the designs RES outlined at the public exhibitions held in February at Keadby, Eastoft and Ealand."
The community benefits associated with the wind farm have now been agreed with North Lincolnshire Council and, from the start of operation, the wind farm fund will provide £100,000 per annum for local initiatives and energy saving measures and will be managed by the Council. These arrangements will continue under SSE Renewables' ownership of the project.
SSE Renewables Project Manager, David Sutton outlines: "SSE is excited to be taking over from RES on this fantastic wind farm project. We have a longstanding commitment to the local area through our gas power station at Keadby, and, as the largest generator of renewable energy in the UK, this acquisition is clearly a great fit with our organisation. Local contact details will be hitting doorsteps soon via a joint letter from RES and SSE. If anyone has any concerns or questions I would be keen to hear from them."
It is expected that construction on the project will start in late 2011 on the on-site infrastructure with an expected project completion date of late 2013/early 2014.
Notes to editors:
1. The RES Group is one of the world's leading independent renewable energy project developers with operations across Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. At the forefront of wind energy development for over 25 years, RES has developed and/or built more than 5GW of wind energy capacity worldwide. The RES Group is active in a range of renewable energy technologies including large-scale biomass, solar, wave and tidal and on-site renewable installations. For more information, visit www.res-group.com
2. SSE Renewables is the renewable energy development division of SSE with offices throughout the UK including Bristol, Reading, Glasgow and Perth. SSE is one of the UK's leading energy companies, involved in the generation, distribution and supply of electricity and in the storage, distribution and supply of gas. It supplies energy to around 10 million customers throughout the country, is independently-recognised as the best energy supplier for customer service and is the UK's leading generator of electricity from renewable sources. SSE Renewables is involved in the development of new renewable energy projects covering wind, wave, tidal and hydro electricity and is in the middle of an investment programme that will see £3bn invested in new renewable projects between 2008 and 2013.
3. Homes equivalent calculation source: http://www.bwea.com/edu/calcs.html
4. More information is available at SSE.com/keadby
CONTACT FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Raheleh Folkerts - (303) 439-4200 - Raheleh.Folkerts@res-americas.com
Construction Begins on Webberville Solar, One of the Largest Solar PV Systems in the U.S.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA and BROOMFIELD, CO - Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) announced today that it had closed financing and begun construction on the 30 megawatt (MW) Webberville Solar project, one of the largest solar PV systems in the U.S. The project, which will be located just outside Austin, Texas, is scheduled to be operational by year-end. Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas), headquartered in Colorado with an Austin office of 20 employees, has been selected to construct the project and provide operations and maintenance services for the power plant for five years. Once operational, the solar energy from the plant will provide electricity under a long-term power purchase agreement with Austin Energy for 25 years.
"This utility-scale solar deployment is a critical component of Austin's generation diversity and renewable energy goals," said Larry Weis, Austin Energy General Manager. "It is also integral to an overarching transition to a new energy economy and a commitment by the Austin community to take a leadership role in protecting our environment and promoting sustainability."
FRV has partnered with Bayerische Landesbank (BayernLB), which has fully underwritten the construction debt for the project. With this team now in place, the construction of the Webberville Solar project - sited on Austin Energy-owned land in Travis County, approximately 15 miles east of Austin in Webberville, TX - is fully under way. In order to maximize the solar energy output at the site, the solar plant will be constructed by mounting modules on a flat, single-axis tracking system. The project will deploy crystalline 270W photovoltaic modules that FRV procured directly from Trina Solar. The Webberville Solar project will provide enough clean energy to power 5,000 homes, while avoiding the emission of approximately 30,000 tons of CO2 per year.
"Austin Energy's leadership in renewable energy is a superb example for utilities across the country and reflects a strong commitment to their community and environment," said Jose Benjumea, CEO of FRV. "We are very proud to be financing, developing and, now constructing this landmark project." FRV's vice president of development, Tim Lasocki, added, "Austin Energy has been proactive and dedicated to this project and understands the incredible level of effort required to reach the point that we are at today. We believe this will be one of the highest quality solar installations in the United States and we look forward to delivering both economic and environmental benefits to the region."
"We are delighted that FRV selected us to build Webberville Solar, which will help Austin Energy reach their 35% renewable energy goal," said Andrew Fowler, executive vice president of construction of RES Americas, the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor for the project. "RES Americas is excited to continue providing jobs and clean, renewable energy to Texas."
Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas) is a fully-integrated renewable energy company that develops, constructs, owns, and operates projects across North America. RES Americas has constructed more than 4,200 MW of wind, which represents more than 10% of the operating installed wind capacity in the US. The company currently has more than 1,000 MW of renewable energy under construction, and approximately 10,000 MW under development. RES Americas' corporate office is located in Broomfield, CO with regional offices located in Austin, TX; Portland, OR; Minneapolis, MN. Canadian projects are managed from Montréal, Québec, by its affiliate, RES Canada. RES Americas is part of the RES Group, a leading international renewable energy developer.
FRV is a global independent power producer that develops, owns and operates solar power plants. It is one of the largest solar power companies in the world with over 230 MW in operation and construction, and more than 2,200 MW under development. FRV is a pioneer in U.S. solar project development having built the country's first utility-scale power plant in 2007. FRV develops solar projects using a robust and disciplined development process supported by core competencies across the project lifecycle including, site acquisition, interconnection, financing and plant development. FRV has offices in San Francisco (U.S.), Sydney (Australia), Madrid (Spain) and Torino (Italy), and is owned by GE Energy Financial Services, Landon Group, and Qualitas Venture Capital.
A total of six UK companies have joined Climate Change Minister Greg Barker this week for the Department's first ever green trade mission. The companies are capitalising on the opportunities of the green economy will be on the 5 day visit to the U.S…Read More
A total of six UK companies have joined Climate Change Minister Greg Barker this week for the Department's first ever green trade mission. The companies are capitalising on the opportunities of the green economy will be on the 5 day visit to the U.S. which will cover Washington D.C, Philadelphia, Charlotte (North Carolina) and Columbia (South Carolina).
As part of the trade mission, Greg Barker and the business leaders will meet with politicians, business groups, investors and regional development bodies to explore the openings for UK green business in the U.S. and the inward investment opportunities that the UK's low carbon sector offers.
Greg Barker said:
"I am proud to be a cheerleader for Britain's green businesses and am in America this week flying the flag for those firms that are breaking into the U.S. market.
"The companies joining me on this U.S. trade mission are living proof of the economic benefits of the new green economy and can therefore help me make the case that going green is good for the economy, as well as energy security.
"I'll be telling the people I meet about the transformation of the UK economy that we are delivering through the green deal, our reforms of the electricity market and the creation of the green investment bank. My message will be that Britain is open for green business investment."
The trade mission has three main aims: to help UK companies break into the U.S. market, demonstrate the opportunities presented by the green economy, and highlight the massive opportunities for investment back in the UK. The companies taking part in the trade mission include:
The RES Group, which started in the UK more than 25 years ago, is now one of the world's leading developers and constructors of renewable energy projects: on-shore wind, off-shore wind, biomass and large-scale solar farms.
Ian Mays. CEO of RES Group. said:
"RES has established a firm footing in the US, having built around 15% of the country's current wind energy capacity. We know it's a market that will see huge growth in clean, secure and renewable energy like wind and solar power and we are pleased to be joining the Minister on this mission to showcase our expertise."
Jupiter Asset Management which amongst its range of products has created investment vehicles for those wanting to invest in environmentally sustainable companies.
Emma Howard Boyd, Head of Socially Responsible Investment and Governance, Director, Jupiter Asset Management, said:
"The UK is widely recognised as a global leader in green financial services and Jupiter has a long-standing commitment to the field of sustainable and green investment. As a truly global investment agenda, I am delighted to join the Minister and the other delegates on the Department's first green trade mission to demonstrate how the UK is capitalising on a wealth of investment opportunities."
The Mark Group, which has grown over the past four decades from a small home insulation business to a sophisticated energy efficiency and renewables firm. In 2009 the Group expanded into international markets, opening first in Australia and then in October 2010, in Philadelphia, USA.
Bill Rumble, Mark Group Commercial Director, said:
"It is a privilege to be invited to take part in DECC's first ever green trade mission. Mark Group sees itself as a pioneer of the energy saving industry both in the UK and in overseas markets. We hope, through this visit to North America, we will be able to help the UK government showcase its home grown green talent and help others develop a thriving green economy."
Adnams Southwold's sustainability initiatives are differentiating the company in the market and its "zero-carbon" beer (East Green) is increasing the company's appeal to younger, eco-concious consumers. It is also sending its brewery waste to an anaerobic digester that creates gas that heats the company's buildings and will soon fuel its delivery trucks. The gas that is not used by Adnams is sold back into the grid.
Andy Wood, Chief Executive of Adnams, said:
"Adnams has been investing in green technology for a number of years now, knowing that it not only makes sense for the environment, but also for the long-term sustainability of our business. I am delighted to join the Minister on the Department's first green trade mission and look forward to learning more about the US market and to be part of a showcase of UK companies investing in environmental initiatives."
Intelligent Energy is a global clean power systems company, with a range of leading fuel cell and hydrogen generation technologies. Current partners include Scottish & Southern Energy and Suzuki, with whom Intelligent Energy built the Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter, a recent recipient of European Whole Vehicle Type Approval - a first for any fuel cell vehicle. Intelligent Energy also developed the world's first hydrogen fuel cell motorbike and supplied the fuel cell system to Boeing which powered the world's first manned fuel cell aircraft.
Dennis Hayter, VP of Business Development at Intelligent Energy, said:
"There is terrific potential to unlock the UK's green sector and missions such as these are crucial if we are to accelerate export growth. Intelligent Energy welcomes the chance to support the Minister in showcasing Britain's clean technology in the United States, and looks forward to discussing new market opportunities that will encourage business investment."
Willis Group Holdings plc (NYSE: WSH) is a leading global risk management advisory firm and insurance broker with expertise in helping clients prepare for and manage extreme events and climate-related risks. Willis is one of the world's leading advisors on clean and renewable energy technology and supports the world's largest collaboration between public science, business and the insurance industry through the Willis Research Network. Willis is headquartered in Britain with more than 400 offices in nearly 120 countries, and approximately 17,000 employees.
Rowan Douglas, CEO of Willis Analytics and Chairman of the Willis Research Network, said:
"We congratulate Greg Barker on his efforts to further align British and American business interest in finding new and innovative solutions to climate change. As a company with strong roots in both the UK and US, and growing emphasis on low carbon products and solutions, Willis is delighted to be part of this important delegation."
Brussels, 22 March 2011. Wind power uses less water than almost any other power generation technology, the Global Wind Energy Council emphasised today, on UN World Water Day. The wind industry calls on policy makers to take this into account in the …Read More
Brussels, 22 March 2011. Wind power uses less water than almost any other power generation technology, the Global Wind Energy Council emphasised today, on UN World Water Day. The wind industry calls on policy makers to take this into account in the critical and urgent decisions which will determine the character of the world's power generation infrastructure for decades to come.
Water Intensities of Power Generation (m3/MWh)
PV - Photovoltaic; CSP - Concentrated Solar Power; NGCC - Natural Gas Combined Cycle; CT - Cooling Tower; CCS - Carbon Capture and Storage; PC - Pulverized Coal (Source: Vestas)
"As highlighted by the UN today, water scarcity is now a pressing issue in many parts of the world, and this will be exacerbated by climate change," said Steve Sawyer, GWEC's Secretary General. "Wind power can make a considerable contribution to conserving the world's valuable water resources. Unlike most other power sources, which consume huge amounts of water that could be used much more productively for human consumption and agriculture, wind power generation does not use any water."
Some 40% of the world's population already live in water-stressed areas, and population growth and industrialisation will put further pressure on water availability. Given the high levels of water use in conventional power generation, increasing power demand will aggravate the situation. As a result, global water demand is expected to outstrip supply by 40% by 2030 under a business-as-usual approach.
Wind power generation actively conserves water and can help alleviate water shortages, according to research carried out by leading wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems A/S. While conventional fossil fuel and nuclear power plants, which make up 78% of global electricity production, use water for cooling and condensing the steam that drives the turbines, wind power generation requires practically no water. As a result, wind power can save more than 2,000 litres of water per MWh of produced electricity. The US Department of Energy estimates that 20% of wind power in the US power system by 2030 would save as much as 4 trillion gallons (15 trillion litres) of water,equivalent to the annual consumption of more than 9 million US citizens.
The research also shows that many parts of the world that are already or will be facing water scarcity are at the same time blessed with winds suitable for wind power production. Exploiting this rich resource would bring numerous economic and climate change benefits, and also help conserve scarce water resources.
"The global power sector is the largest industrial water user, and it has to start addressing the issue of water consumption, especially in the light of rising electricity demand, and increasing droughts created by the world's changing climate. It is our responsibility to keep water consumption for power production to a minimum, so that this precious resource can be used more efficiently," concluded Sawyer. "To mitigate climate change, the power sector not only needs to become CO2 free, but also dramatically reduce its water consumption. Wind energy provides a sustainable solution to both these challenges."
RES, Natural Power and the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Porto (FEUP), Portugalhave signed a significant research and development joint venture focused on developing the nextgeneration VENTOS® computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model f…Read More
RES, Natural Power and the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Porto (FEUP), Portugalhave signed a significant research and development joint venture focused on developing the nextgeneration VENTOS® computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model for wind energy applications.
VENTOS® is a family of computational tools for solving complex fluid equations which are used incombination with high-quality onsite measurements to predict wind conditions that will occur ateach turbine location of a proposed wind farm. This allows turbines to be sited in areas of complexterrain and forestry at locations appropriate to their design and helps to provide accuratepredictions of their long term energy yield.
The R&D program will focus on key areas of immediate interest to the wind energy industryincluding; non-neutral atmospheric flows, turbine wakes and forestry.
Peter Stuart, Technical Manager at the RES Group commented: "In an ideal world we would deploy a meteorological mast and/or a remote sensing device at every turbine position in aproposed wind farm, but the costs involved would be prohibitive. By using VENTOS we can makea few high quality measurements and fill in any gaps with modelling.
"For ten years VENTOS has proved an invaluable tool at RES, but over time we have come tounderstand that, like all wind flow models, there are opportunities to develop the code further. Thisjoint venture will help to expand the envelope within which VENTOS can successfully operate,reducing the errors in our predictions and ultimately leading to better sited wind turbines and moreaccurate predictions of their yields."
Oisin Brady, Director at Natural Power France commented: "Natural Power has long been at theforefront of providing well-validated siting services in complex and forested terrain to the windindustry, through the use of tools such as VENTOS. This research and development agreement will considerably extend the scope of these services, and therefore the value we can deliver to ourclients."
The program builds upon twenty years of research at FEUP and many years of collaboration withRES and Natural Power.
RES today welcomed the announcement of the Government's Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) proposals asa "major boost to the new green economy through support for the UK's renewable heating technologies".The RHI scheme will provide a guaranteed incentiv…Read More
RES today welcomed the announcement of the Government's Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) proposals asa "major boost to the new green economy through support for the UK's renewable heating technologies".The RHI scheme will provide a guaranteed incentive scheme for wood fuelled boilers, solar water heatingand other renewable heating technologies, making long-term commercial investments in building-integratedrenewable energy viable.
There are currently more than 2000 commercial wood heating boilers and 100,000 solar thermal systemsnow in place throughout the UK, but the UK lags behind other European countries and there is potential forsignificant growth, creating jobs in the wood fuel and wood heating and the solar hot water markets.
David Povall, CEO of RES Enterprises, the on-site renewables division of the RES Group, commented: "REShas developed a commercial biomass heating and solar thermal design and delivery capability that is secondto none. We have invested heavily in our renewable heating businesses, Wood Energy Ltd and FutureHeating Ltd, and we are ready to support the UKs move to a low-carbon economy. In a time of difficulteconomic and market conditions, today's RHI announcement is welcomed news.
"The UK market for renewable heat is potentially very large and the RHI support announced today will act asa catalyst unlocking significant commercial investments in our sector, generating new jobs, reducing carbonemissions and most importantly, in the current climate, reducing the UK's dependence on foreign fossilfuels."
There will be multiple additional benefits for the UK economy through the RHI:
The RHI is the latest initiative by the Government to stimulate renewable technologies across the economy.Commercial and public sector clients signing up to the scheme will receive a guaranteed long-term income,allowing around a 10-12% Internal Rate of Return (IRR). It will be paid quarterly and be monitored via heat meters.
Modern wood heating and solar hot water is suitable for a range of applications from small offices rightthrough to large industrial systems. We believe the only limiting factor in the uptake of our technology isavailable and suitable space at any given site. The RES solar and biomass teams design, install,commission and maintain large scale commercial systems throughout the UK and are highly experienced inspecifically delivering these eligible technologies. These types of system are already being usedsuccessfully in sectors as varied as hotels, housing developments, retirement homes, leisure facilities,offices, greenhouses, industrial process heating, hospitals and community facilities. The RHI will enable farmore of these types of heat users to benefit from the technology.
RES has welcomed a Planning Reporter's decision today to consent the 12 turbine Meikle Carewe Wind Farm, near Stonehaven. The announcement overturns a previous decision by Aberdeenshire Council, which refused planning consent for the wind farm in Ap…Read More
RES has welcomed a Planning Reporter's decision today to consent
the 12 turbine Meikle Carewe Wind Farm, near Stonehaven. The
announcement overturns a previous decision by Aberdeenshire
Council, which refused planning consent for the wind farm in April
Allan Johnston, Head of Development for RES in Scotland, commented:
"We are very pleased with the decision today; projects like Meikle Carewe will contribute to Scotland's ambitious renewable energy targets and bring significant local economic and environmental benefits. The project will bring community benefits through establishing a community fund or by improving access to Elsick Mounth Right of Way, which would see the creation of a recreational and ecological area close to the wind farm site entrance for local people and visitors"
The form of community benefit will be explored in the coming months through local consultation. RES hopes to start construction within the next 12 months and will keep the local community fully informed as this progresses.
Meikle Carewe Wind Farm will have an installed capacity of approximately 10 MW and will provide clean, green renewable energy equivalent to the average demand of more than 5,000 households.
Raheleh Folkerts - (303) 439-4200 - Raheleh.Folkerts@res-americas.com
BROOMFIELD, CO -Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas), a national leader in the development and construction of renewable energy projects, and Flat Water Wind Farm, LLC which is a partnership between Gestamp Wind North America, a subsidiary of Gestamp Renewables and Banco Santander, S.A., are pleased to announce the completion of Flat Water Wind Project in southern Nebraska's Richardson County and Kansas' Nemaha County. Flat Water Wind Project is a 60 megawatt (MW) project consisting of 40 1.5 MW GE wind turbines. Substantial completion was reached on November 15, 2010, one month ahead of schedule.
The project owner and operator, Gestamp Wind North America selected RES Americas to be the BOP construction contractor. Gestamp Wind recognized RES Americas' proposal to be the best value presented after a rigorous and competitive bidding process.
"We are delighted to be working with Gestamp Wind North America and look forward to a continued partnership in the future. Working together we have successfully completed a project that will bring clean, renewable energy to the Omaha Public Power District," said Susan Reilly, President and CEO for RES Americas. "Harvesting the wind has and will continue to be rewarding to the communities of Richardson and Nemaha Counties, bringing economic benefits and jobs, and contributing to a clean energy future."
Javier Mateache, President and CEO of Gestamp Wind North America said "The construction of this wind farm was a remarkable success. Teaming up with RES Americas in this endeavor surpassed our expectations. At the peak of construction the project employed up to 150 skilled American workers, who demonstrated the highest level of performance and execution. Gestamp Wind is very proud to be a part of the Nebraskan community for the next year and will continue to work to become a significant player in the US wind industry."
Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas), is a fully-integrated renewable energy company that develops, constructs, owns, and operates projects across North America. For more than a decade, RES Americas has been in the renewable energy industry. The company employs more than 250 full time professionals working throughout North America, has constructed or has under construction more than 5,200 MW, and is working on a development portfolio of approximately 10,000 MW. RES Americas' corporate office is located in Broomfield, CO with regional offices located in Austin, TX; Portland, OR; Minneapolis, MN. Canadian projects are managed from Montréal, Québec, by its affiliate, RES Canada. RES Americas is part of the RES Group, a leading international renewable energy developer.
Gestamp Wind is the wholly-owned renewable wind energy subsidiary of Gestamp Renewables, and is currently developing, building, and operating wind farms in the US, Europe, Brazil and Turkey.
Gestamp Renewables (www.gestampren.com), a division of Gestamp Corporation, is an industrial group that operates and supplies components within the renewable energy sector.
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RES announced today that it has been appointed to develop a 5MW ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) project at the Royal Bath & West of England Showground in Shepton Mallet, Somerset.
This project is part of a wide ranging £100m Regeneration Initi…Read More
RES announced today that it has been appointed to develop a 5MW ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) project at the Royal Bath & West of England Showground in Shepton Mallet, Somerset.
This project is part of a wide ranging £100m Regeneration Initiative at the Bath & West being led by regeneration specialist London & Wharfedale. RES was appointed following a competitive process and as an intrinsic part of the redevelopment plans. The contract value is in excess of £13m and when complete will add to the more than 5,000MW of renewable projects that RES has developed to date. The PV project will cover 11 hectares of brownfield land.
The PV development will save over 2,500 tonnes of CO2 annually and is part of a strategy to create a 'better than carbon neutral' development. Further renewable technologies will be incorporated into the development and linked into a visitor and learning centre.
RES Enterprises, which manages the solar division of the RES Group, has commenced development activities and a planning application will be submitted shortly. It is anticipated that subject to a successful planning outcome, the project will be operational later this year.
David Povall, CEO of RES Enterprises, commented: "We are delighted to be playing an important role in kick starting this regeneration initiative. PV technology can make an increasingly important contribution to meeting the UK's carbon reduction targets and large-scale projects like this, in particular, can contribute significantly to rural regeneration, in line with current Government objectives. We hope that the recent review announced by Government of the Feed-in Tariff for PV projects over 50kW will conclude that appropriately-located and locally-supported exemplar projects of this kind deserve continued support in recognition of the economic and low carbon benefits they will bring."
Dr Jane Guise, Chief Executive of the Royal Bath & West of England Society said: "This is an exciting first step towards re-invigorating our events centre, not only for our efforts to promote agriculture, but also for all those who make their living by using our facilities. Driven by home produced energy we will be a centre of choice for new business, in a relatively remote rural location. It heralds the start of a long-held ambition to be able to make much more of a difference to rural businesses old and new - the forgotten sector which tends to underpin the economy when times are tough. This is a hard-won landmark by the creation of a powerful triumvirate - watch this space!"
Richard Froggatt, Chairman & Managing Director of London Wharfedale commented: "This really does signal the start of something very special. Delighted as we are to announce the appointment of RES this really is just the beginning and you can expect further announcements as we finalise deals with employment occupiers, hoteliers and rural economy specialists. RES's strong track record in delivering large scale solar PV projects and their experience and capability will help to make this project a success and we very much look forward to working with them."
The Royal Bath and West Showground, located 3 km south of Shepton Mallet, is an important regional venue for shows and events, attracting over 1 million visitors every year and contributes over £175m to the economy. It is owned by the Royal Bath and West Society and provides a significant contribution to the local and wider economy as a visitor destination and is an important asset to the farming and rural communities.
The Regeneration Initiative includes up to 15,0000 sq ft of visitor destination retail, two hotels, business uses and a renewable energy centre of excellence & learning, all focussed on the rural economy and with at least 1,500 jobs being created on the 260 acre site. This provides a much needed economic boost to the region.
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MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC - Systèmes d'énergie renouvelable Canada inc. ("RES Canada"), une société affiliée de RES Americas, a annoncé aujourd'hui qu'elle a conclut une entente avec EDF EN Canada Inc. concernant l'achat, par EDF EN Canada Inc., de sa participation minoritaire dans sept projets détenus conjointement, totalisant 1003.2MW, gérés par Saint-Laurent Énergies Inc., leur société affiliée. La transaction devrait se clôture sous peu, sous réserve de conditions préalables usuelles pour ce type de transaction.
RES Canada et EDF EN Canada Inc. ont joint leurs forces, en avril 2007, et réuni leurs portfolios de projets éoliens québécois afin de participer à l'appel d'offres de 2000MW d'Hydro-Québec, incluant 224MW de projets développés par RES Canada. Ce portfolio unifié a été retenu dans l'appel d'offres et des contrats d'achat d'électricité pour un total de 954MW ont été signés en juin 2008. L'économique favorable des projets a été confirmée en novembre 2009 et RES Canada et EDF EN ont alors conclu avec le fabriquant de turbines allemand REpower Systems A.G. un accord-cadre pour la livraison des turbines. Les équipes de développement de RES Canada et d'EDF EN Canada Inc., relayées par la suite par l'équipe de Saint-Laurent Énergies Inc., leur société affiliée, ont développé les projets avec succès de telle sorte que la construction de 380MW des projets devrait débuter cette année.
Hydro-Québec a attribué 49.2MW de projets additionnels à RES Canada et à EDF EN Canada Inc. en décembre 2010 lors du récent appel d'offres communautaires.
"EDF EN Canada Inc. est heureuse d'acheter la participation de RES dans Saint-Laurent Énergies Inc. et ses actifs sous gestion au Québec. Nous apprécions le partenariat avec RES Canada et la collaboration d'expertise qui ont contribué à l'avancement de ces projets importants," a déclaré Al Kurzenhauser, Vice-président d'EDF EN Canada Inc. "Alors que nous nous préparons à entamer la phase de construction du premier projet, nous accueillons avec enthousiasme cette opportunité de déployer notre capital en tant que propriétaire unique du projet."
"Ensemble, RES Canada et EDF EN Canada Inc. ont offert des projets d'énergie éolienne compétitifs au marché québécois. Nous sommes, avec raison, fiers de ces résultats" a déclaré Peter Clibbon, Vice-président de RES Canada. "RES Canada continuera à développer et à construire des projets éoliens au Québec et à travers le Canada, soutenant l'objectif du gouvernement qui consiste à développer une industrie éolienne et un approvisionnement en électricité solides."
La gamme complète des expertises internes et la force des
équipes de développement et de construction de RES Canada sont
uniques dans l'industrie éolienne canadienne. RES Canada, forte de
ses réussites passées, continuera à fournir de l'énergie
renouvelable propre et durable au Québec et aux autres provinces
Systèmes d'énergie renouvelable Canada Inc. (RES Canada) a été fondée en 2003 et est basée à Montréal (Québec). RES Canada est active dans le développement et la construction dans la plupart des provinces canadiennes. En 2009, RES Canada a complété le développement de deux projets de 99MW en Ontario et a fait équipe avec Enbridge Inc. pour permettre la construction de ces projets. Le projet éolien Talbot, près de Chatham en Ontario, a été complété en décembre 2010 et la mise en service du projet éolien Greenwich, près de Thunder Bay, est prévue pour la fin 2011. RES Canada a un portfolio considérable de projets en développement. RES Canada fait partie du Groupe RES, un des principaux développeurs d'énergie renouvelable internationaux.
Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas), est une société d'énergie renouvelable entièrement intégrée qui développe, construit, possède et exploite des projets à travers l'Amérique du Nord. Le siège social de RES Americas est situé à Broomfield au Colorado avec des bureaux régionaux situés à Austin au Texas, à Portland en Oregon et à Minneapolis au Minnesota. Les projets canadiens sont gérés de Montréal, Québec, par sa société affiliée, RES Canada. RES Americas a plus de 5000MW de projets construits ou en construction, ce qui représente environ 10% de la capacité éolienne installée en opération aux États-Unis et a environ 10 000MW en développement. RES Americas fait partie du Groupe RES, un des principaux développeurs d'énergie renouvelable internationaux.
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MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC - Today Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc. ("RES Canada"), an affiliate of RES Americas, announced that it has entered into an agreement with EDF EN Canada Inc. for the purchase, by EDF EN Canada Inc., of its minority ownership interest in seven jointly owned projects, totaling 1003.2MW managed by their affiliate Saint-Laurent Énergies Inc. The closing of the transaction is subject to customary conditions precedent and is expected to occur in the near future.
RES Canada and EDF EN Canada Inc. joined forces in April 2007, assembling their Quebec wind portfolios for participation in the Hydro-Quebec 2000MW tender, including 224MW of RES Canada-originated projects. The combined portfolio was ultimately successful in the tender, signing 954MW of Power Purchase Agreements in June 2008. The projects' favourable economics were confirmed in November 2009, and RES Canada and EDF EN jointly concluded a Framework Agreement for turbine supply with German turbine manufacturer REpower Systems A.G. The development teams of RES Canada and EDF EN Canada Inc., and later through their affiliate Saint-Laurent Énergies Inc. (SLE), successfully developed the projects to the point that 380MW of the projects are expected to commence construction this year.
Hydro-Quebec awarded RES Canada and EDF EN Canada Inc. a further 49.2 MW of projects in December 2010 in the utility's municipal tender.
"EDF EN Canada Inc. is pleased to acquire the remaining shares in Saint-Laurent Énergies Inc. and its assets under management in Quebec. We appreciate the partnership with RES Canada and collaboration of expertise to move these valuable projects forward," said Al Kurzenhauser, Vice President of EDF EN Canada Inc. "As we prepare to enter the construction phase of the first project, we look forward to this opportunity to deploy our capital as the long term owner."
"Together, RES Canada and EDF EN Canada Inc. delivered
competitive wind energy projects to the Québec market. We are
rightly proud of this result," said Peter Clibbon, Vice President
of RES Canada. "RES Canada will continue to develop and
construct wind projects in Québec and the rest of Canada,
supporting the governments' goal to develop a robust wind energy
industry and supply chain."
RES Canada's full range of in-house abilities and strength of its development and construction teams are unique in the Canadian wind industry. RES Canada, with its strong track record of success, will continue to bring clean and sustainable renewable energy to Québec and other Canadian provinces.
Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc. (RES Canada) was founded in 2003 and is based in Montreal, Québec. RES Canada is active with the development and construction services in most Canadian provinces. In 2009, RES Canada completed development on two 99MW projects in Ontario and partnered with Enbridge Inc. to enable the construction of these projects. The Talbot Wind Energy project, near Chatham, Ontario, was completed in December 2010 and the Greenwich Wind Energy Project, near Thunder Bay, is expected to reach substantial completion in late 2011. RES Canada has a substantial pipeline of projects in development. RES Canada is part of the RES Group, a leading international renewable energy developer.
Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas), is a fully-integrated renewable energy company that develops, constructs, owns, and operates projects across North America. RES Americas' corporate office is located in Broomfield, CO with regional offices located in Austin, TX; Portland, OR; Minneapolis, MN. Canadian projects are managed from Montréal, Québec, by its affiliate, RES Canada. RES Americas has constructed or has under construction more than 5000MW, which represent approximately 10 percent of the operating installed wind capacity in the U.S., and has approximately 10 000 MW in development. RES Americas is part of the RES Group, a leading international renewable energy developer.
9.3 gigawatt (GW) of new wind power capacity was installed in the EU during 2010, reaching a total of 84 GW by the end of 2010, according to figures released today by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) and coinciding with today's publ…Read More
9.3 gigawatt (GW) of new wind power capacity was installed in the EU during 2010, reaching a total of 84 GW by the end of 2010, according to figures released today by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) and coinciding with today's publication by the European Commission on financing renewable energy.
While offshore wind power installations grew 51% from 582 MW in
2009 to 883 MW last year, onshore wind power installations (8.4 GW)
were down 13.9% compared to 2009 (9.7 GW).
"These figures are a warning that we cannot take for granted the continued financing of renewable energy" said Christian Kjaer. "Better access to financing is urgently needed, and the European Union must act without delay to prevent Europe losing its leadership in wind power and other renewable technologies. Today's communication from the Commission on the financing of renewables is a start, as long as it is followed up quickly by the Commission putting its proposals into action."
Total investments in new wind power plant was unchanged at € 13 billion, compared to 2009, due to the larger share of offshore wind capacity.
Newly installed capacity in 2010 (9.3 GW) was 10% down on 2009 (10.3 GW).
"Remarkable growth in the onshore wind markets of Romania, Poland and Bulgaria could not make up for the decline in new onshore installations in Spain, Germany and the UK. Strong development of the offshore wind market was led by the UK, Denmark and Belgium," said Christian Kjaer, Chief Executive Officer of EWEA.
The overall market for renewable power capacity, including wind, solar, hydro and biomass, reached record levels in 2010, increasing 31% from 17.5 GW in 2009 to 22.6 GW in 2010. Renewable energy accounted for 41% of all new installations.
Wind power installations accounted for 17% of new electricity generating capacity in 2010, the first year since 2007 that the EU did not install more wind power than any other generating technology. The EU continues to move away from fuel oil and nuclear power for electricity production, decommissioning more old capacity than installing new capacity. However, for only the second time since 1998, the EU installed more coal power capacity than it decommissioned in 2010. 28 GW of new gas capacity was installed last year, compared to 6.6 GW in 2009. Gas represented 51% of all new power capacity in 2010.
The wind power capacity installed by the end of 2010 will, in a normal wind year, produce 181 TWh of electricity (up from 163 TWh), meeting 5.3% of overall EU electricity consumption (4.8% in 2009).
Please see "Wind in power: 2010 European statistics" for details.
RenewableUK, the country's leading voice fo…Read More
RenewableUK, the country's leading voice for the renewable energy industry, has today published the most comprehensive ever employment figures for the wind energy industry, showing a 91 per cent increase in full-time employment in the sector between 2007/8 and 2009/10. The growth in employment stands in contrast to the overall UK employment level, which has shrunk during the same period by 3.4 per cent.
The study was jointly commissioned by RenewableUK and EU Skills, the Sector Skills Council for the Power Sector, from Warwick University's Institute for Employment Research (IER) and Cambridge Econometrics.
The findings are based on primary data collected from 253 companies with business activities in the wind and marine energy sectors. Of the 10,800 full-time-equivalent (FTE) employees working directly in the sectors, the majority, or 56 per cent, are associated with large-scale onshore wind (turbine output of over 100kW), followed by 29 per cent in offshore wind, whilst 7-8 per cent of the overall workforce is employed in small-scale wind and around the same proportion in wave and tidal energy.
The report identifies 9,200 FTE employees as working in the large-scale wind energy industries in 2009/10. A comparable study commissioned by RenewableUK from Bain & Company in 2008 recorded 4,800 FTE employees in the sector for the 2007/8 period.
Maria McCaffery MBE, Chief Executive of RenewableUK, comments: "Two conclusions from the results of this remarkable study are immediately obvious: this sector has withstood the negative GDP growth of the UK recession and bucked the overall employment trend in a spectacular way by a near doubling of the workforce."
"Furthermore, the increase in jobs has, to a large extent, mirrored the increase in electricity contributions from renewable sources, chiefly wind, to the grid. Latest statistics for Q3 2010 show the total share of renewable electricity at 8.6 per cent, divided in equal parts between wind (at around 4 per cent) and all other sources, compared to 2008, when the total share of electricity from wind was around 2 per cent."
Announcements by the Government to continue with ports investments in last year's Spending Review, followed by a host of inward investment decisions in the supply chain (including Siemens' recent decision to locate major turbine manufacturing plant in the UK), stand to further advance employment in the sector in the coming years.
"It is now obvious that acting decisively on reducing carbon emissions and diversifying our energy supply will bring a double bonanza of increased green energy yields and economic growth."
"This study presents a compelling case for increasing our base of installed renewable energy devices. There is a clear link between sector activity and UK employment gains. Creating a policy framework that ensures that our wind, wave and tidal resources are fully utilised will create jobs and stimulate economic activity at a time when we need it most," concludes McCaffery.
RenewableUK will unveil a second part of the report in its pre-Budget submission next month, which will include an analysis of potential UK employment in the sector by 2020 according to a range of industry development scenarios.
For further information, please contact:
1. RenewableUK is the trade and professional body for the UK wind and marine renewables industries. Formed in 1978, and with 650 corporate members, RenewableUK is the leading renewable energy trade association in the UK. Wind has been the world's fastest-growing renewable energy source for the last seven years, and this trend is expected to continue with falling costs of wind energy and the urgent international need to tackle CO2 emissions to prevent climate change. For more information see www.renewable-uk.com.
2. Figures on general employment trends: Office of National Statistics http://www.statistics.gov.uk/onlineproducts/lms_fr_hs.asp; on economic growth http://www.statistics.gov.uk/cci/nugget.asp?id=192.
3. IER collected data via a telephone survey. 561 companies were targeted with the interview and a 45 per cent success rate was achieved.
4. Bain and Co. study from 2008: http://www.bwea.com/pdf/publications/Bain%20Brief_Wind%20Energy%202008_FINAL.pdf
A Draft Scoping Report has been produced for the planned Spitskop Wind Farm project which is located in the province of Eastern Cape, South Africa. The release of the Draft Scoping Report provides stakeholders with an opportunity to verify tha…Read More
A Draft Scoping Report has been produced for the planned Spitskop Wind Farm project which is located in the province of Eastern Cape, South Africa. The release of the Draft Scoping Report provides stakeholders with an opportunity to verify that the issues they have raised have been captured and adequately considered within the study.
The Final Scoping Report will incorporate all comments received prior to submission to the National Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA).
The Spitskop wind farm project has an estimated total capacity of up to 420MW and is expected to connect to the Poseidon substation, located 46km from the site. The construction including all infrastructure work is estimated to begin in 2013 and to take 24 to 30 months. We anticipate to have the wind farm up and running in 2015.
Further information on the Draft Scoping Report is available on our website: http://www.res-sa.com/en/our-projects/development/spitskop.aspx
As part of the consultation process for the proposed North Blyth Biomass Power Station, renewable energy developer RES will be holding a second series of public exhibitions in the area during the last week of January. The exhibitions will unveil the…Read More
As part of the consultation process for the proposed North Blyth Biomass Power Station, renewable energy developer RES will be holding a second series of public exhibitions in the area during the last week of January. The exhibitions will unveil the final design for the power plant along with the results of RES's environmental and technical studies prior to submitting the planning application in the Spring. RES has been consulting with the local community on the design of the 100MW power station proposed for Battleship Wharf over the last 6 months.
The exhibitions will be held at the following locations, dates and times:
Everyone is welcome to come along to the exhibitions. The project team will be on hand to answer any questions and discuss the proposal in more detail. There will also be an opportunity to provide feedback and comments by filling out a questionnaire.
Neil Bond of RES commented: "We have been consulting with the local community on the design of the power station and seeking their feedback on a number of architectural options. The final design has been guided by the comments we have received so far. We are now in the lead up to submitting the project to the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) for consent and we would urge anyone who would like to find our more about all aspects of the planning application, or make comments to us, to come along."
Information will also be available on the project website and local residents can also provide feedback by filling in an online questionnaire at www.northblythproject.co.uk or by contacting RES on freephone 0800 032 0420.
At 100MW in capacity, the North Blyth Biomass Project will generate reliable, renewable power equivalent to the annual electricity demand of approximately 170,000 homes a year, reduce carbon dioxide emissions through the use of a low-carbon fuel source and bring jobs and economic benefits to the area.
As a large power generation project, RES will seek planning permission in the form of a Development Consent Order from the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC). RES expects to submit the project to the IPC in the spring this year, after which there will be a further period of consultation with the local community and statutory consultees.
Should the project be consented, construction is expected to start in 2012 and the plant would be operational by 2015.
An empty delivery vehicle, capable of carrying the larger components of wind turbines, will make its way from Hull docks towards Roos village on Monday January 10th. The lorry will be used to test the proposed delivery route, ahead of the constructi…Read More
An empty delivery vehicle, capable of carrying the larger components of wind turbines, will make its way from Hull docks towards Roos village on Monday January 10th. The lorry will be used to test the proposed delivery route, ahead of the construction of Roos wind farm, which is due to begin in 2012.
The specially modified articulated lorry has rear-axle steering, and can "shrink" down in the event of encountering a tight bend. It will be used to test the delivery route for the Roos wind farm, and the vehicle will be accompanied by logistics experts and officers from East Riding of Yorkshire Council's Highways Department.
Richard Evans, a Project Manager for the RES, the company behind the plans, explained "We received planning consent to build 9 wind turbines near Roos in June 2010. Since then, we have been working hard on preparations to build the wind farm. We have carried out computer-modelling to determine the delivery route for the turbines, but this 'practice run' with an empty lorry will be used to make sure that we are fully prepared for bringing the turbine components to the site.
"RES hopes to begin construction of the wind farm in early 2012 and it will take approximately 12 months to build, although the turbines will not be erected until towards the end of that period. RES is a responsible developer and we take great care to plan everything fully, well ahead of the construction period starting." RES is taking advice from the local police force to minimise any potential impacts on local traffic.
Richard continued, "The lorry will leave the docks at 9.30am, before making its way eastwards along the A1033 and then turning north up the Winestead Lane, Chimney Field Lane and finally Rectory Road towards Roos. The return journey will follow the same route in reverse, but the trailer of the lorry will be shortened to 16m."
RES has promised to be proactive in keeping the community and local media fully informed as the wind farm moves towards construction.