UK first for Bryan J Rendall (Electrical) Ltd
The first New Zealand Manufactured Windflow 500kW Wind Turbine to be installed in the UK has been successfully erected on Hammar Farm Westray, Orkney.
Heavy snow fall, wind speeds over 100 mph and cancelled ferries at the end of January caused some delays to the programme, but signalled that it would be an excellent location.
Hammer Farm is the site for Windflow’s first UK project and has an exceptionally strong wind resource. These are the wind conditions for which the turbine has been designed and certified, and which the installed fleet in New Zealand enjoy. However, installing a turbine on a remote and exceptionally windy site in the middle of winter was ambitious, especially as a first off UK turbine!
Windflow’s 99th wind turbine (and first turbine outside New Zealand) is now generating revenue for Windflow and renewable electricity for the locals on the Orkney Islands.
Colin Risbridger, entered into a partnership with Windflow’s development arm to install this first Windflow 500 in theUK, at the family’s farm at Hammer. He said “I am proud to be working with a forward thinking company such as Windflow and contributing to the island’s target to reach 100% renewable energy.”
Windflow exported the blades and nacelle from New Zealand in late 2012, and worked with experienced local Orkney based dealer Bryan J Rendall (Electrical) Limited for grid connection, communications, installation and operations and maintenance.
As an Independent Connection Provider, Bryan Rendall’s company offered a timely and cost effective alternative to SSE for the grid connection.
Tracey Jackson, marketing manager for dealer Bryan J Rendall (Electrical) Ltd said, “We are delighted to offer a complete package of services in conjunction with Windflow.
It’s been all to be very straight forward, an ease from planning with its under 50m tip height through to commissioning.
Relative to our previous installation experiences we found that the elegant two bladed design is lighter and easier to transport and install. Although it is an innovative design and a first for theUK, it is tried and tested technology. The Windflow 500 has an outstanding performance in high winds, and the installation on Westray looks set to become the most productive turbine on the islands with a tip-height under 50 metres.”
Typically a Windflow 500kW on a 9m/s site could generate enough energy for 400 homes, and qualifying for the higher rate ofFIT, revenue of over £350,000 per annum.
She added, “That’s the kind of investment that our growing number of prospective clients across theHighlandsandIslandsare looking for – high returns for a low environmental impact.”
“We look forward to welcoming our prospective customers to a Windflow Open day in the near future.”
Windflow’s 500 kW turbine qualifies for higher returns under the Feed-In Tariff. It has the highest energy output for a turbine with such a low profile.
The Windflow 500 is compact ideal for difficult to access sites, with a tip height under 50 m, and is light weight thanks to its load-avoiding design. Therefore components could be delivered on standard trucks and can be built with minimal roads and hard-standing areas.
Installing its first UK turbine on a remote and exceptionally windy site in the middle of winter was an ambitious task but Windflow is proud of the NZ and Orkney team that persevered, with wind speeds of over 100 mph, but only a short lull in the wind was needed for the final lift of the fully assembled nacelle and rotor.
Windflow staff fromNew Zealandvisited to provide Windflow specific training to Bryan Rendall staff, so that they could not only install and commission, but maintain Windflow turbines in future.
Andy Strowbridge, Windflow UK’s General Manager said “It is great to have our first operating turbine in the UK. You can have almost 100 of them running well in New Zealand, but there is nothing quite like being able to see and touch an operating turbine, to make it more real to prospective customers. We look forward to it being joined by a couple more. Another two turbines are already ordered to be installed in Orkney later in the year.
Windflow will either sell a turbine to a landowner, or offer a lease. Even after planning and grid consents have been obtained, there is a great deal of specialist knowledge and effort involved in financing, building and operating a mid-sized wind turbine project.
A lease can be an attractive way for land owners to benefit from the Feed In Tariff.
We advise you not to delay in progressing your projects, whether they are at the planning, grid or financing stages. BJRE is excellently placed to advise and assist you with planning, and have achieved 100% success rate with their Windflow planning applications to date.
They can also provide you with an overview of our lease offer and the process Windflow follow.
With a strong pipeline of projects, the support we have had from our dealer Bryan J Rendall (Electrical) Ltd has been tremendous.”
Contact ; Tracey Jackson, Marketing Manager ,Bryan J Rendall Electrical Ltd 01856 87 9086
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