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Natural Power advises NTR on 200MW Nordic wind portfolio acquisition

January 22, 2019

Natural Power has advised NTR on the 200MW acquisition of operational and pre-construction onshore wind projects in Sweden and Finland that has been added to the NTR Renewable Energy Income Fund II. Total capital invested by NTR in the portfolio is expected to be in excess of €180 million. NTR acquired the portfolio projects, called (More…)


Natural Power appointed to Decentralised Energy Network frameworks

January 17, 2019

We have been appointed by Stoke-on-Trent City Council as a supplier on the four-year Decentralised Energy Network Frameworks. This is the first phase of frameworks to support decentralised energy networks and will cover the technical and professional consultancy element. The management of the frameworks will be undertaken by an arms’ length company called Sinfra (UK), (More…)


ControlCentre celebrates 10th anniversary

December 29, 2018

2008 was an eventful year in more ways than one. Barack Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States of America, the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers bank triggered a global financial crisis and the stock market crashed, Michael Phelps won eight gold medals at the China Olympics, Groupon was founded, and Jay-z and (More…)


Natural Power appoints Director of HSEQ

December 20, 2018

Natural Power has appointed David Armour to the new role Director of HSEQ. Reporting to Managing Director, Stephen Trotter, David will have functional responsibility for health, safety, environment and quality as well as for the resource both within the central HSEQ function and the safety advisors and managers throughout the business units. Stephen Trotter, Managing (More…)


Performance improvements – approach with caution…

There is clear consensus that more can be done to maximise the performance of operational turbines. As an industry we are all keen to optimise energy generation from existing assets but measuring the potential upside from these enhancements can be notoriously tricky, especially when using conventional nacelle anemometry.  In this article we explore the issue (More…)


Hat Trick for Natural Power Ireland

December 13, 2018

Natural Power Ireland has been shortlisted in three categories at this year’s Irish Wind Industry Awards. • Excellence in Operation and Maintenance • Innovation in Research and Development • Consultant Firm of the Year The awards ceremony will take place on Friday 25th January 2019 at the Clontarf Castle Hotel, Dublin. Fingers crossed! Natural Power (More…)


In Practice: R Coding as a tool to streamline manipulation and analysis of ecological data sets

December 12, 2018

The use of mobile data application software (apps) for ecological survey improves the quality and consistency of field-collected data, but these advances can be undermined if subsequent data handling and analysis is not similarly streamlined. Here we describe how bespoke data analysis code, written using the R statistical scripting language, can minimise data processing time, reduce data manipulation errors and rapidly generate easily interpretable and replicable outputs. Click the (More…)


Natural Power advises on Finland’s first subsidy-free windfarm

November 30, 2018

We have completed due diligence on behalf of ING Wholesale Banking during the financing process of the second phase of the onshore Lakiakangas wind farm located in Karijoki and Isojoki, Finland. The first phase Lakiakangas wind farm comprises two operational Vestas V126 wind turbines with 3.45 megawatt capacity each, with the second phase comprising a (More…)


Re-Source 2018: a conference summary

November 29, 2018

By Giles Dearden, Director of Global Due Diligence, and Christopher Renna, Business Development and Marketing Manager (France) We recently attended Europe’s leading corporate energy procurement event, RE-Source 2018, which took place in Amsterdam on 20th and 21st November. The event has doubled in size this year with more than 800 attendees, including at least 100 (More…)


Ornithological plan leads to barn owl success

November 28, 2018

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 (More…)


Solar Ireland

November 27, 2018

Natural Power Ireland will be attending the ISEA annual conference ‘Solar Ireland 18’ which takes place on 27th and 28th November at Croke Park, Dublin. The event welcomes an array of industry expert speakers from across the supply chain with sessions including RESS/policy, market, grid, finance and community, with two new additional sessions on data (More…)


Applying a data driven approach to managing offshore assets

November 26, 2018

Natural Power’s Lauren Wheatley, Director of Advisory and Analytics, will jointly present ‘Applying a data driven approach to managing offshore wind assets – extracting value from performance data’ with SeaRoc’s Managing Director Steve Pears, at the forthcoming Offshore Wind Europe Conference which takes place on 27th and 28th November at the Novotel London West. Lauren (More…)


Onshore wind: breaking down the barriers

Natural Power’s Principal Consultant Euan Hutchison will be moderating the session ‘Breaking down barriers: what next for the onshore industry?’ at RenewableUK’s Onshore Wind conference on 27th November at the EICC, Edinburgh. The session takes place from 15.15hrs to 16.30hrs, and promises to be an interactive forum that welcomes input and discussion around key challenges. (More…)


Energy UK marks decade of the Climate Change Act

Ten years to the day since the Climate Change Act was passed, Energy UK is marking the occasion by publishing a ten-point action plan setting out how the UK can continue as a world leader in tackling climate change. The power sector has made a massive contribution in helping the UK’s carbon emissions fall to (More…)


Wind Wildlife Meeting – Minnesota

November 23, 2018

Natural Power is set to attend the forthcoming American Wind Wildlife Institute’s Wind Wildlife Meeting which takes place from Wednesday November 27th through Friday November 30th at the Intercontinental St Paul Riverfront Hotel, St Paul, Minnesota. Exhibiting at the event, the team will be taking a number of slots on the agenda: – David Tidhar, (More…)


Wind and Solar Power Forecasting Innovation

November 8, 2018

Natural Power sponsor PhD in Power Forecasting We are collaborating 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 (More…)


Offshore Consenting and Development – Creating Value and Reducing Risk

Natural Power is delighted to be delivering the training session ‘Offshore Consenting and Development – Creating Value and Reducing Risk’ on behalf of Greentech Skillnet at the IWEA Training Facility, Naas, Co. Kildare on 14th and 15th November 2018. The aim of this programme is to provide participants with an understanding of the current regulatory (More…)


Head of Solar and Energy Storage Appointed

October 30, 2018

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 (More…)


Heavy Lift Operations Supervisor Appointed

October 24, 2018

We have appointed Gordon Booth as Heavy Lift Operations Supervisor. This new role has been created to complement Natural Power’s growing servicing business. Based in the Stirling office, Gordon joins from GE Renewables where he was a technical lead and authorised technician/engineer. He has a strong technical engineering background with experience of working both onshore (More…)


Natural Power advises Statkraft on Element Power acquisition

October 17, 2018

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 (More…)