Wednesday 12th February 2014


February 12, 2014

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Alstom agrees 30MW Deepwater deal

French conglomerate Alstom has agreed a deal to supply five of its Haliade 150-6MW turbines to US offshore developer Deepwater Wind.

The US company plans to use the turbines for its 30MW Block Island pilot project off the coast of Rhode Island, which could pave the way for a larger 1GW scheme.

The deal is a big step for overseas expansion plans at Alstom, which last month signed a 48MW deal with Japanese firm Green Power Investment Corporation.

John Laing kicks off £160m fundraising

John Laing plans to sell seven operational assets, including three UK onshore wind farms, into its new fund John Laing Environmental Assets Group (JLEN).

The company is aiming to raise at least £160m through an initial public offering by the end of March, but this could rise to £174m depending on investor demand.

The fundraising would enable John Laing to sell these assets to JLEN and then invest in other projects. The three wind farms — Bilsthorpe Wind, Castle Pill & Ferndale Wind, and Hall Farm Wind — generate a combined 44MW.

Temporis seeks UK wind fundraising

Temporis Capital has begun raising £20m to invest in UK wind energy and hydropower projects through two venture capital trusts (VCTs).

Named Ventus and Ventus 2, the VCTs will aim to invest the money within a year.

Temporis Capital has already identified three investment opportunities, including a consented 10MW wind farm with a secured grid connection.

Ireland eyes 70GW offshore renewables push

The Irish government has set out its Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan, showing that the country has the potential to generate 70GW of offshore clean energy.

The report, which took four years to compile, suggests that Ireland will look to export surplus energy generated to Europe.

In other news, estimates have shown that Germany will grow its offshore wind capacity to 1.5GW this year.

According to Bloomberg, six offshore projects including the 400MW Global Tech 1 and 288MW Baltic 2 wind farms are due to be completed this year.

Court rejects Trump’s Scottish wind challenge

Donald Trump has been dealt a blow as a court rejected his legal challenge against the decision to grant planning permission to a 100MW offshore wind test site in Scotland.

The US tycoon, who owns a golf course and resort near Aberdeen Bay, has opposed the £230m European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre since its inception.

Trump will reportedly appeal against the decision.

Siemens wins 21MW north German order

Siemens has won a 21 MW turbine order for the Holzacker-Knorburg community wind farm in north Germany, which is due to be built this year.

The German manufacturer is set to deliver seven direct-drive wind turbines this summer for the project between the municipalities of Enge-Sande and Stadum.

It has also signed a 20-year agreement to service and maintain the turbines.

European debut for new Gamesa model

Gamesa has secured an 8MW order from Eolus Vind for a wind farm in Sweden.

The deal marks the Spanish manufacturer’s debut of its G114-2.0MW model in Europe.

Gamesa will supply, install and commission the four turbines at the Nötåsen project in Sundsvall, starting this summer.

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