Community Windpower’s Sanquhar Community Wind Farm in Dumfries & Galloway has reached a financial close with a successful investment of £40m into Scottish economy.
KfW IPEX Bank financed the project; its second CWP investment. The 9 turbine project is contracted to supply Nestle UK with approximately 125GWh of clean green power per annum in support of its ambition to source 100% of electricity from Renewables.
Vestas are supplying their new V112 3.45 MW turbines which are due for commissioning in 2017. The steel towers are being sourced directly from CS Wind’s newly acquired Campbeltown factory under CWP’s “Buy Scottish” Initiative. CWP has a tradition of sourcing from Scotland’s extensive manufacturing and civil and electrical contracting Industries, with Scottish towers delivered to 3 of CWP’s existing wind farms.
Rod Wood, Managing Director, Community Windpower, said:
“Community Windpower are delighted to be working with Nestle UK, KfW, Vestas Celtic, CS Wind and all the many other Scottish companies, to fulfil the construction and operation of the Sanquhar project. We have always maintained our commitment to support the Scottish economy and securing jobs and employment for Scottish people and this is another of our projects which has delivered on its promises”.
Thomas Brehler, Global Head of Power, Renewables & Water at KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH, said:
“I am very happy that Community Windpower have again chosen our bank, and the London Energy Team, to support them in their development of renewable energy in Scotland. We are very proud to be the lender of choice for this magnificent project with first class counter parties and manufacturers and hope there will be further projects to
emulate with equally positive environmental effects.”
Andrew Griffiths, Head of Environmental Sustainability, Nestlé UK & Ireland said:
“This investment represents a milestone moment, in meeting Nestlé’s commitment to environmental stewardship and in the application of renewable energy technologies across all our UK operations. From our factory in Girvan and our supply chains in Ayrshire we are proud of our role in the Scottish economy and we are pleased to be building on that
through our partnership with CWP.”
Lesley Black, UK Sales & Marketing Manager of CS Wind UK said:
“Community Wind Power have again actively demonstrated their commitment to using the UK supply chain wherever possible. A major employer in a rural area, the CS wind UK factory supports over 160 local jobs and contributes over 7Million pounds per year in wages to the UK economy. The support and commitment from Community Windpower to source in Scotland helps to ensure that the benefits and opportunities from renewable energy projects are also felt in the UK manufacturing and supply chain industries ”.
Klaus Steen Mortensen, President, Vestas Northern Europe , said: “Vestas is delighted that Community Windpower has chosen the V112-3.45 MW turbine for Sanquhar Community Wind
Farm. The V112-3.45 MW delivers incredible levels of production and is extremely well suited to sites like Sanquhar”.
Last week, at ‘ The Future of Energy In Scotland’ event held in Edinburgh, Community Windpower confirmed Financial Close would be completed that day and would feature steel turbine towers supplied by CS Wind, resulting from our recent MOU following the recent takeover. The Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse MSP congratulated the Company and praised their use of Scottish manufacturing industries.
A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon
Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.
There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.
1. The Rise Of Smart Windows
When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.
If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.
2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs
If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.
Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.
3. Low-E Windows Taking Over
It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.
They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.
4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges
Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.
The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.
5. Improving Our Current LEDs
Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.
That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.
Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too
Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.
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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”
IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.
Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.
Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.
Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:
“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.
We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.
There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.
We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”