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De-risking utility scale battery storage projects – a Technical Advisor’s view

March 23, 2018

The battery storage market’s exponential growth has captivated developers and investors alike. Despite over a hundred MW of front-of-the-meter, utility scale battery projects currently installed in the UK and predictions of up to 12 GW of new installations to 2022, many investors view the market with scepticism. If you are an investor who is well versed (More…)


Irish expansion continues apace

March 21, 2018

Renewable energy and infrastructure consultancy, Natural Power, is adding four new team members at its Dublin office. Keara O’ Shea has joined the team as a geotechnical engineer to support geotechnical investigation and consultancy services and Kathryn Oliver has joined as an environmental consultant to cope with the demand in environmental services. A business development (More…)


Electricity Fit for Market By Giles Dearden, Director of Due Diligence

March 19, 2018

Last month I had the great pleasure of chairing & delivering the opening presentation at the 8th AltAssets Renewable Energy Investor Forum, in London.   A little prior investigation into the current status of renewable generation in the global energy transition mix was surprising – only 10% of electricity is being supplied from renewable. As (More…)


Contruction complete at Meenwaun Wind Farm, Ireland

Working on behalf of Element Power the projects’ developer, renewable energy and infrastructure consultancy, Natural Power, has reached project close on the construction phase at Meenwaun Wind Farm in County Offaly, Ireland, where the team acted as owner’s engineer and provided construction project management and ecological services. The 1OMW MEC site consisting of four GE (More…)


Natural Power doubles up on wind farm acquisitions for Greenbacker

March 13, 2018

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 (More…)


Natural Power in the running for In-House Planning Team of the Year

February 20, 2018

We’re delighted to have been shortlisted in the ‘In-house Planning Team of the Year’ category of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards 2018. The winners will be announced during a ceremony at Milton Court Concert Hall on 24 May 2018. To view the full shortlist, visit,NB1O,3HBD15,2EMGT,1 As one of the original, and leading (More…)


Natural Power to chair Alt Assets Renewable Energy Investor Forum, London

Giles Dearden, Director of Global Due Diligence at Natural Power, is set to chair and deliver the opening address at the eighth annual Renewable Energy Investor Forum which takes place in London on 22nd February 2018. The invitation-only event connects the most prominent institutional investors, fund managers and developers in the clean energy and renewables (More…)


Natural Power delivers predictive habitat mapping for Scottish Natural Heritage

February 16, 2018

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 (More…)


Hot tip on energy output boost

February 8, 2018

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 (More…)


Solar energy in dark days: Challenges of PV system acceptance testing in winter

February 7, 2018

As part of our ongoing commitment to share our knowledge and expertise across the industry, we run a series of webinars that focus on topics and trends that are of importance to our clients. For news of our next webinar, please keep an eye on LinkedIn and the news section of In the meantime, (More…)


Consent for Pant y Maen

February 6, 2018

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 (More…)


Natural Power at the Wind Power Finance & Investment Summit

February 5, 2018

Natural Power will be exhibiting at the forthcoming Wind Power Finance & Investment Summit which takes place at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, California, from 6th to 8th February 2018. The event, organised by Infocast, is widely recognized as the leading gathering place for wind industry dealmakers. Each year, the industry’s leading (More…)


Solar Finance and Investment: Europe 2018

January 22, 2018

Natural Power is set to attend the Solar Finance and Investment: Europe 2018 conference which takes place on 30th and 31st January at the Grange City Hotel in London. The event will cover a range of topics including secondary markets, zero-subsidy development, asset management and O&M, and corporate PPAs. Attendees can expect to meet the (More…)


Supporting Coastal Futures

January 16, 2018

We are sponsoring the forthcoming Coastal Futures conference which takes place this week on 17th and 18th January at the Royal Geographical Society in London. Giles Alcock, Senior Environmental Consultant – Marine Ecology, and Amy Walker, Senior Marine Consultant at Natural Power will be in attendance to talk to delegates about Natural Power’s marine ecology (More…)


Mitigating PV module supplier risk in an uncertain market

January 11, 2018

As part of our ongoing commitment to share our knowledge and expertise across the industry, we run a series of webinars that focus on topics and trends that are of importance to our clients. For news of our next webinar, please keep an eye on LinkedIn and the news section of In the meantime, (More…)


Natural Power adds to heat network consultant status

December 28, 2017

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 (More…)


Changes to Construction Project Regulations

December 15, 2017

Are you planning a construction project in Scotland where the following criteria may apply? The construction site is 4ha or more in size; Is at a length of 5 km; and The development contains any area of more than 1 ha or any length of more than 500 m on ground with a slope of (More…)


Natural Power completes ROC project no 8 for Airvolution Energy

December 7, 2017

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 (More…)


Natural Power appoints Head of Offshore

November 27, 2017

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 (More…)


Global solar capability, delivered locally – Solar Ireland 2017

November 24, 2017

Natural Power will be exhibiting at the Irish Solar Energy Association’s Solar Ireland 2017 event at Croke Park, Dublin, on 28th and 29th November 2017. The two day event sees Solar Ireland host key stakeholders in the Irish and international solar industry, with agenda sessions including project development, utility scale solar, roof-top solar, policy support (More…)