Orenda Energy – a turbine manufacturer for the global medium distributed wind industry – has secured accreditation under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) for its 49kW Skye wind turbine, making it the highest rated turbine in the sub-50kW band that qualifies for FiT in the UK.
The MCS accreditation was awarded to Orenda following detailed independent testing, inspection and assessment by SGS which establishes that the design, construction and safety architecture of the Skye turbine complies with EIC’s 61400-1 stringent operational standard published by the International Electrotechnical Commission regarding wind turbines.
In addition, rigorous power performance and noise testing was also carried out on the Skye Turbine at the Myers Hill Wind Farm in East Renfrewshire by independent assessors TÜV-NEL, providing calibrated performance data and third party validation of Skye’s capabilities.
Orenda’s Skye turbine also has a fully integrated hydraulically hinged ‘tilting’ tower, designed to be lowered and raised by one operator using a wrench. It has its power pack located in the tower base and the company claims this innovative technology makes Skye the most efficient medium wind turbine currently available.
Moreover, its patented ‘tilt’ mechanism has been designed to alleviate the need for extensive and costly maintenance with servicing carried out ‘in-situ’ – a vitally important measure in hostile terrain or rural environments where there is limited road access for cranes or heavy lifting gear.
Gerry Lalonde, Chief Executive, Orenda Energy Solutions commented; “The MCS accreditation is an exhaustive process, but ultimately gives consumers the confidence they need that a turbine has been independently assessed to the highest standards available.
“More importantly, it means that purchasers of our Skye turbine now qualify to receive the highest FiT rate available in the UK. Landowners have the option of acquiring the Skye turbine for themselves or leasing their land to investors for the installation of the Skye turbine. In either case, financial returns are industry leading.”