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  1. Norvento chosen for small, crowdfunded wind power scheme

    Medium-scale wind power turbine manufacturer, Norvento , has welcomed news that the Small Wind Co-op, a crowd-funded community scheme developed by Sharenergy, has reached – and surpassed - its minimum fundraising target. The milestone ensures that construction can now commence at the first of two planned farm-scale wind sites in Scotland and Wales. The Small Wind Co-op has purchased two of Norvento’s nED100 100kW turbines, which are now set to be installed at Kellybank farm in Inverclyde, Scotland. Once complete, the site will be the first community-funded wind project Norvento has supplied. Despite market challenges to the wider wind sector, including cuts to feed-in tariffs and changes to planning legislation, community-funded schemes remain a popular means of financing the construction of small- and medium-scale wind projects. Supporters of community energy throughout the UK have responded enthusiastically to the opportunity to invest in these projects while enjoying healthy financial returns. As part of the Small Wind Co-op, members can join from as little as £100 and earn returns up to 6.5%. Investors become members of the co-operative with a say in how it is run. Having raised over £1 million, surpassing its initial target of £700,000, the Co-op this week agreed to sign the purchase agreement for the two Norvento turbines. Norvento has been active in the UK medium-scale wind market since 2013 and its technology is specifically optimised to maximise the financial and operational benefits of on-site renewable energy generation – whilst minimising grid and community impacts. In choosing to install two nED100 turbines at its Kellybank site in Inverclyde, the Co-op has ensured that its stakeholders will benefit from industry-certified levels of performance, reliability and safety from its installed equipment. The scheme has also ensured that there will be minimal visual and noise impact on the local area. In particular, the turbines’ unique low-noise mode means they are especially well suited for operation in the vicinity of homes and local businesses. In turn, members will have the opportunity to directly benefit from low cost clean electricity, all while supporting local communities. As a co-operative venture, the project will contribute to local community funds, help people into employment and support the upkeep of community buildings. “Innovative crowd-funded schemes are an exciting proposition, not only for medium wind manufacturers and developers looking to bring projects to fruition, but also for local communities who stand to benefit financially from clean energy generation,” commented Ivo Arnús, Director of UK Business Development, Norvento. “Our medium-scale turbines are ideally suited to on-site generation on this scale, guaranteeing minimal disruption, and ensuring the project is in harmony with the local area and its inhabitants.” “We are very pleased to be working with Norvento,” said Jon Halle, Director at the Small Wind Co-op. “Not only are their nED100 turbines capable of maximizing energy generation, ensuring our members get reliable returns, but they are made with green energy themselves – a perfect fit for us.”

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    Thu, 22 Sep 2016

  2. Going off-grid: the UK’s evolving medium wind market

    When Norvento first began to consider an entrance into the UK market four years ago, its medium-scale wind sector was one of the strongest in Europe. With the support of the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme, the sector grew a further eightfold between 2013 and 2015, establishing itself as a major part ...

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    Tue, 16 Aug 2016

  3. Senvion acquires Indian wind turbine maker

    Germany’s Senvion has acquired Indian wind turbine manufacturer Kenersys as it seeks to grow its foothold in India’s wind market .

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    Wed, 17 Aug 2016

  4. Small wind firm to build distributed wind farm in UK

    A small wind power company is seeking to raise $25 million to build a distributed wind farm in the UK. 

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    Thu, 18 Aug 2016

  1. Hornsea 2 offshore wind farm gets go ahead

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    Tue, 16 Aug 2016

  2. 568 MW wind power plant approved in Brazil

    The Brazilian government has granted environmental approval to RDS Energias Renovaveis to develop a 568 MW wind project in the country’s southern state of Santa Catarina.

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    Thu, 25 Aug 2016

  3. Broadwind Energy Announces $15 Million in Tower Orders

    Broadwind Energy, Inc. today announced $15 million in new tower orders. The towers will be produced in Broadwind’s Manitowoc, Wisconsin facility for delivery in 2017.

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    Thu, 21 Jul 2016

  4. Alstom enters Canadian wind market with $547m deal

    French power giant Alstom has broken into the Canadian wind market with a €420m ($547m) deal for up to 414 MW of turbines for a development in Alberta operated by NaturEner Energy Canada.

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    Thu, 7 Mar 2013

  5. China and UK to dominate ten-fold growth in global offshore wind market

    The global offshore wind market will thrive throughout this decade, with its capacity rising from 5.5 GW last year to 51.2 GW in 2020, according to a new report.

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    Fri, 16 Aug 2013

  6. UK the dominant player in EU offshore wind market

    While the European offshore wind power market had a stable 2011, the UK has shown itself to be the clear leader in this sphere of renewable energy.

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    Thu, 26 Jan 2012

  7. Protea launches wind farm service crane

    Drawing on over 30 years experience of supplying high quality cranes for offshore applications, Protea has recently unveiled an all new service crane targeted at the offshore wind industry.

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    Wed, 10 Feb 2016

  8. Siemens Supplying Turbines for 38-MW Les Gourlous Wind Farm in France

    The Les Gourlous wind farm contract includes a 20-year full service and maintenance agreement in addition to the installation of 12 SWT-3.2-113 turbines.  The wind project will supply power to about 35,000 homes.

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    Mon, 16 Nov 2015

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