Natural Power fully supports and endorses the green energy manifesto published by Scottish Renewables.
- Activities increased
- Wind farm projects with 404 MW completed or under construction
- Forecast for the entire year again confirmed
06 Nov | Blades USA – Austin, Texas
Leading Scottish renewable energy developer and operator, SSE Renewables, welcomes the decision by Scottish Ministers yesterday, 5 November 2019, to revise the planning consent for an 11-turbine extension to Gordonbush onshore wind farm. Located around 12km north west of Brora in Sutherland, the existing 70MW, 35-turbine Gordonbush Wind Farm has been generating clean, renewable energy since 2012 as part of SSE Renewables portfolio of nearly 2GW of operational onshore wind farms across the UK and Ireland. Consent had previously been granted in 2017 for a 15-turbine extension beside the existing Gordonbush site. However, this revised consent will see turbine numbers reduced from 15 to 11 whilst increasing the height of the turbines by less than 20m to 149.9m. The reduction in turbine numbers reflects the rapid development of wind turbine technology and will allow SSE Renewables to take advantage of much more powerful turbines to maximise the energy generation potential and efficiency of the site. Gillian Wilson, SSE Renewables Development Project Manager said: “Onshore wind farms and extensions have an important role to play in meeting Scotland’s net-zero ambitions, so we’re delighted to hear the news that Scottish Ministers have granted this extension. “The 11-turbine extension will complement the existing Gordonbush site, harnessing more of the excellent wind resource and making use of the existing infrastructure constructed for the operational Gordonbush Wind Farm. “We’ve been part of the East Sutherland community for almost a decade now and in that time we’ve been very pleased to have been able to help support the local community with £1.4m of approved community benefit funding to date, including supporting local employment and apprenticeships. We look forward to continuing this work in the community as we develop the extension.” SSE Renewables will now consider the options for a route to market for the project – including the viability of building the project subsidy-free – ahead of taking a final investment decision. Should the project reach a positive final investment decision, SSE Renewables will engage with the Highlands and Islands Open4Business platform and host Meet the Buyer events for the local and Scottish supply chain to maximise the opportunities available for local businesses to work on the extension.
- The company fulfils market guidance with an EBIT margin before PPA and integration and restructuring costs of 7.1% and an increase in revenues of 12.1% year-on-year to €10.23bn despite industry price pressure; net income doubled to €140m compared to FY 2018
Siemens Gamesa closes fiscal year 2019 with a record order book of €25.5bn (+12% YoY), as wind power is increasingly recognised as critical to the fight against climate change. The company also strengthen its balance sheet with a net cash position of €863m at the end of FY 2019, up €248m YoY
- The company focuses on sustaining profitable growth as it aims to optimize structural costs through global white collar headcount reductions of up to 600 over the next two years
- The two 140 MW facilities, Karusa and Soetwater, are each expected to generate over 585 GWh annually following completion, which is due by the end of 2021
- Karusa and Soetwater will involve an investment of over 200 million euros each
- Enel Green Power already operates seven renewable plants in South Africa for an installed capacity of 520 MW and, with Karusa and Soetwater, is now building five wind projects for around 700 MW