Norvento rolls out development pipeline of 18 UK sites and holds Edinburgh showcase

Norvento nED wind turbine being installed
Norvento nED wind turbine being installed

Spanish wind turbine maker, Norvento, has announced its confidence in the UK FiT market through an ambitious project pipeline despite recent subsidy cuts.

The medium-scale wind turbine manufacturer recently confirmed the submission of 12 new sites for planning permission, with six more projects to be submitted before the end of the third quarter. This number of planning submissions constitutes the most considerable push to date for its 100kW unit (now known as nED100) portfolio.

With sites that encompass a variety of locations ranging from farms to factories seaports and commercial buildings, Norvento’s latest projects will produce a total of 1.9MW, a strong achievement in light of challenging market conditions.

UK FiT scale onshore wind faces a number of challenges, and with a potential review into the support mechanism taking place this year, the leading technology of Norvento’s low-noise, compact, direct-drive turbines puts them in a favourable position for rapid planning approval and permission.

Ivo Arnús, Director of UK Business Development, Norvento, said: “Despite significant challenges within the UK’s renewable energy sector, we’re finding that there is still substantial interest in the small to medium wind market.

“Indeed, with our nED100 100KW turbine recently certified to IEC 61400-1 standards for safety and reliability, and its revolutionary low noise mode, we’re confident of securing a good number of UK sites in our latest round of planning.

“Crucially, these projects add to the growing fleet of nED100 turbines in the UK and are another step forward towards Norvento’s wider objective of building a 4MW portfolio, which will secure the firm’s status as a significant medium-scale wind power provider.”

Meanwhile, Norvento will be showcasing its Cousland site near Edinburgh next month to demonstrate the effectiveness, both in financial and environmental terms, of Norvento’s turbines and to allow consumers in south east Scotland to learn more about this increasingly successful provider.

With a track record of more than a thirty-years, the Spanish renewable energy company first came to the UK in 2013. Having erected its first UK turbine in January 2014, by September Norvento will have 11 turbines on British soil with 4 more to come in the next quarter. In November 2014 the nED100 set a new daily generation record and this model has continued to prove itself an effective solution to both the financial and environmental challenges of the UK energy industry.

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