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  • An exciting development for Airvolution

    3 months ago
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    We are pleased to announce that Airvolution has completed an acquisition agreement with the Norwegian utility, Statkraft, and will become wholly owned by their UK operating company, Statkraft UK Ltd. Read the full news item on www.statkraft.co.uk.

    We have been working exclusively on behalf of Statkraft since October 2017 to identify, secure and bring forward project opportunities in Scotland and this deal will see the Airvolution team moving in-house as part of the growing Statkraft workforce based in the UK. Airvolution’s Glasgow office will be retained by Statkraft and soon double in size with new recruits starting in September.

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    We are pleased to announce that Airvolution has completed an acquisition agreement with the Norwegian utility, Statkraft, and will become wholly owned by their UK operating company, Statkraft UK Ltd. Read the full news item on www.statkraft.co.uk.

    We have been working exclusively on behalf of Statkraft since October 2017 to identify, secure and bring forward project opportunities in Scotland and this deal will see the Airvolution team moving in-house as part of the growing Statkraft workforce based in the UK. Airvolution’s Glasgow office will be retained by Statkraft and soon double in size with new recruits starting in September.

    Statkraft have committed to ambitious targets to increase their onshore wind capability in the UK, and we have been working exclusively on their behalf since October 2017 to bring forward sites in Scotland. It is a credit to the hard work of the Airvolution team over that time that Statkraft have sought to bring our capabilities in-house.

    I am pleased to say we have been able to reassure staff that no jobs will be lost as a part of this process, in fact we anticipate some growth in our development team, especially based out of our Glasgow office.

    This is a very positive move for us as a company, and we look forward to continuing our work under our new name of Statkraft UK.

    There will be changes to our contact details but in the meantime, we will continue to use our existing email and office address. If you have any questions about the acquisition and how it may impact on our existing operations, please do not hesitate to contact either myself or one of our team.


  • Scottish Government: Onshore Wind Policy Statement

    5 months ago
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    The Scottish Government has published its Onshore Wind Policy Statement, which states a continued commitment to the deployment of onshore wind. This follows publication of the Energy Strategy in December which included a target for 50% of all Scotland’s energy demand to come from renewable energy sources by 2030.

    There is huge potential for Scotland to maximise its natural resources to meet its targets, however current UK Government policy does not provide the opportunity for onshore wind to be considered alongside other forms of electricity generation. This needs to urgently change in order for onshore wind in Scotland to...

    The Scottish Government has published its Onshore Wind Policy Statement, which states a continued commitment to the deployment of onshore wind. This follows publication of the Energy Strategy in December which included a target for 50% of all Scotland’s energy demand to come from renewable energy sources by 2030.

    There is huge potential for Scotland to maximise its natural resources to meet its targets, however current UK Government policy does not provide the opportunity for onshore wind to be considered alongside other forms of electricity generation. This needs to urgently change in order for onshore wind in Scotland to reach its full potential, and to maintain the strong economic growth that has developed around the Scottish renewables industry.


  • UK Onshore Wind Week

    5 months ago
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    Last week was the first ever Onshore Wind Week in the UK.

    It included events at wind farms, calls for stronger policy support from MPs and MSPs and even a range of new ice creams launched by Ben & Jerry’s to join the call for a change to policies which currently exclude onshore wind from the energy mix.

    Scottish Renewables have launched an excellent report “Onshore Wind: Investing in Scotland’s Energy Future” which shows the social, environmental and economic benefits of our sector.

    For those unconvinced about the economic benefits of onshore wind, another report was published last week to...

    Last week was the first ever Onshore Wind Week in the UK.

    It included events at wind farms, calls for stronger policy support from MPs and MSPs and even a range of new ice creams launched by Ben & Jerry’s to join the call for a change to policies which currently exclude onshore wind from the energy mix.

    Scottish Renewables have launched an excellent report “Onshore Wind: Investing in Scotland’s Energy Future” which shows the social, environmental and economic benefits of our sector.

    For those unconvinced about the economic benefits of onshore wind, another report was published last week to show that if current Government policy was changed to put onshore wind on an even playing field with other types of generation, the cost of new onshore wind projects would drop beneath the Government’s forecast wholesale electricity price from 2023.

    This would all be good news for UK electricity consumers, but potential is hindered by onshore wind not being able to compete for contracts alongside other power generators. Onshore wind is now the cheapest way to generate new electricity – and with Government’s own surveys showing 76% of the UK public support onshore wind – what are they waiting for?


  • Cycling the North Coast 500 for Mental Health

    5 months ago
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    It’s fair to say that the Airvolution team are pretty keen on bicycles as well as wind turbines. However one of our team took it to a new level recently by cycling the North Coast 500, a distance of 525 miles in just four days.

    Congratulations to our colleague Tom Walker who has just returned from cycling the round trip along the Scottish Highlands coast starting and finishing in Inverness. He covered between 175 – 210 kilometres each day, and climbed 10,440 metres in total (Everest is 8,848m!). As Tom battled rain, high winds and even a cracked rib after...

    It’s fair to say that the Airvolution team are pretty keen on bicycles as well as wind turbines. However one of our team took it to a new level recently by cycling the North Coast 500, a distance of 525 miles in just four days.

    Congratulations to our colleague Tom Walker who has just returned from cycling the round trip along the Scottish Highlands coast starting and finishing in Inverness. He covered between 175 – 210 kilometres each day, and climbed 10,440 metres in total (Everest is 8,848m!). As Tom battled rain, high winds and even a cracked rib after a spill, it was not in vain – over £2,250 has been raised for MIND, the mental health charity.

    Well done Tom, congratulations for completing the route and battling on to raise money for a fantastic cause!


  • The Age of Stupid 10 years on ... and THAT wind farm

    5 months ago
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    Every now and again we are asked by people who have seen the movie Age of Stupid “what ever happened to that wind farm?” (and if you haven’t seen the movie, we highly recommend it).

    We are always pleased to be able to tell them that Airvolution played a big part in getting THAT wind farm up and running.

    The project had a long and tortuous history in the planning process. From its beginnings as a 15 turbine application, a 3-turbine project was eventually approved around 10 years later after multiple rejections, appeals and legal challenges. With government support due...

    Every now and again we are asked by people who have seen the movie Age of Stupid “what ever happened to that wind farm?” (and if you haven’t seen the movie, we highly recommend it).

    We are always pleased to be able to tell them that Airvolution played a big part in getting THAT wind farm up and running.

    The project had a long and tortuous history in the planning process. From its beginnings as a 15 turbine application, a 3-turbine project was eventually approved around 10 years later after multiple rejections, appeals and legal challenges. With government support due to be cut in March 2017, and planning permission due to lapse in August of the same year, the project was in real danger of never being built. The project had been put in cold storage by the original developer as uneconomic to build.

    But we saw the potential of the site, and how the rapid advancements in turbine technology could be utilised to increase electricity production. We wasted no time and put all of our efforts and expertise into seeing this iconic project built before the deadline.

    The turbines were erected and power was first produced at the end of February 2017 – weeks away from the point where the project would have been abandoned forever. We are proud of those three turbines, total capacity 8.55MW using GE103 wind turbines.

    During one of the Council debates resulting in one of the planning refusals, a Councillor said: “I am concerned that we are being swept along on a fashionable urge to save the environment, and I do not believe that this scheme would add a jot or a kilowatt to our power.”

    We can confidently advise that Councillor that this project is adding not just kilowatts but megawatts – generating enough electricity to power the equivalent of 6,150 households…. and we hope saving the environment is one fashion that never goes out of style.

    Watch the Guardian video on revisiting the Age of Stupid, 10 years on
  • Sharing our knowledge

    5 months ago
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    Last week our colleague Alison was part of a team running a primary school renewables workshop. The Year 4 children had been learning about how electricity is made, the difference between fossil fuels and renewables and the impact this has on the environment.

    The school are lucky enough to have solar panels on their roof, and the workshop enabled them to get hands-on experience with a solar panel in the classroom to understand how the panels work. They designed their own wind turbines and investigated where in the UK makes a good site for wind farms. Their enthusiasm and knowledge...

    Last week our colleague Alison was part of a team running a primary school renewables workshop. The Year 4 children had been learning about how electricity is made, the difference between fossil fuels and renewables and the impact this has on the environment.

    The school are lucky enough to have solar panels on their roof, and the workshop enabled them to get hands-on experience with a solar panel in the classroom to understand how the panels work. They designed their own wind turbines and investigated where in the UK makes a good site for wind farms. Their enthusiasm and knowledge was impressive!

    In the course of these children’s lifetimes, there has been a six-fold increase in electricity from wind and solar in the UK, and there was a full show of hands when asked if they wanted that to continue.

    The school has recently launched an Eco Club and those children gave up their lunchtime to take part and share their ideas on how they can encourage everyone in the school to have a positive impact on their environment.

    We have list of good links for Key Stage 2 renewable energy teaching resources – just ask and we’d be happy to send you a copy.


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