UK-based wind energy consultant Garrad Hassan has released a project services suite for small-scale wind applications of up to 5 MW. Services offered include wind resource estimation, wind and solar project management support, equipment selection and even grid connection.
Why Focus on Small-Scale Wind?
Small-scale wind requires all the same steps that large-scale applications do, such as product sourcing and support. It is truly an in-depth process. The suite helps new wind developers determine optimal set-ups based on on-site measurements rather than published data, which puts small-scale guys on-par with more commercial wind developers. This is good news for start-ups in need of assistance. With the addition of Garrad Hassan’s project, these smaller users can receive much-needed efficiencies unavailable to them until now.
Says Paul Gardner of Garrad Hassan:
“It is anticipated that the UK will have 750,000 sub-5 MW small-scale renewable energy projects, including wind and solar, by 2020. Of these, around 25,000 are expected to be of sufficient size to justify project-specific specialist consultancy services. In response to this, we have honed our existing services, for larger commercial projects, to offer the support required for a successful small-scale wind or solar project of up to 5 MW. This will allow developers to maximize the benefits of the Feed-In-Tariff system which DECC aims to have in place in April this year.”
While this company is UK based, there are offices around the world, including at least one in all of the following countries: US, Australia, Germany, Canada, China and Mexico. To find an office in your country or locale, visit the Garrad Hassan directory here.
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