The new Canadian venture expands on Green Cat’s experience of the renewables market in the UK, spanning 12 years with 700MW+ of renewable energy projects.
Green Cat Renewables Canada Corporation will provide development support and consultancy services for renewable energy projects across Western Canada
Green Cat Director Gavin Catto explained: “We have built up a strong business in the medium scale renewable energy industry in the UK. As the UK market matured, and opportunities for expansion became tougher, we began looking for new markets where we could apply our skill base and continue to develop the business.
“We identified Canada as an emerging market for medium and community scale projects with strong cultural and trade links with the UK. This is an exciting opportunity for the business to begin its next chapter.”
Stephanie Ewing, Head of Planning and Environmental for Green Cat Renewables in the UK is to relocate to Calgary to head up the new office with the post of vice-president.
Ewing commented: “This is a hugely exciting time to be involved in the renewables sector in Western Canada. In Alberta, the government has committed to an additional 5GW of renewables by 2030.
“Being in Canada gives us the opportunity to share our experiences and lessons learned from the Scottish market, where we saw a similar level of renewable generation capacity added in the last decade.
“And in light of the U-turns from the UK government on support for renewables, and a lack of direction on the future strategy for low-carbon energy in the UK, it is enormously refreshing to be involved, once again, in a market which is committed to making clear, positive steps forward, to cutting carbon emissions.”
Engineering Project Manager David Manderson will also relocate to Canada, and the Canadian office, located at the Global Business Centre in downtown Calgary, will continue to receive specialist project support from the multi-disciplinary team of more than 50 technical staff in Green Cat Renewables’ offices in Edinburgh, Biggar and Aberdeenshire.