This project was taken through the planning consent phase by the landowners directly, but ran into difficulties due to grid constraints. At this point the landowners were ready to sell the project, however, we offered an alternative which was for Green Cat Renewable Developments to come in as a Joint Venture partner.
We successfully negotiated a grid connection that worked and allowed the project to proceed. We were also able to negotiate a finance deal for the project.
Other notable challenges on this site were that the turbine had been forced into a somewhat compromised location by the need to hide it under a military radar. This meant that the turbine was located on a steep section of hillside adjacent to quarry workings. Our engineers working with Green Cat’s Geotechnical Team were able to design extensive earthworks to make space for the crane hardstanding and set down area whilst not compromising the wind resource.
The project was completed in 2016 and is now operating successfully.