Case Study - Community Joint Venture

Netherburn West

Lesmahagow, South Lanarkshire

Green Cat Renewables (GCR) was engaged by Netherburn West Limited to provide development support during the construction phase of the Netherburn West wind turbine project, acting as Client’s Engineer, having previously assisted the Client with the planning phase of the project.

The Netherburn West project is a joint venture between a local landowner and the Lesmahagow Development Trust (LDT). The Landowner and LDT had already previously worked together on a 3 turbine project which was commissioned in 2015. The Netherburn West project is essentially an extension to the existing project, and utilises a lot of the existing infrastructure including tracks and grid.

The Netherburn West project is the first project GCR have built out under the new FIT regime – with the project securing pre-accreditation in April 2017. Utilisation of existing shared infrastructure was essential to keep costs down and ensure the project was viable.

In our role as Client’s Engineer, Green Cat were responsible for the following:

  • Project management
  • Planning conditions discharge
  • Site design
  • Fulfilling Principal Designer role (CDM 2015)
  • Contractual design and technical procurement
  • Financial procurement
  • Contractor management
  • Construction supervision

In addition to our role as Client’s Engineer, Green Cat also provided the following services for the project:

  • Wind resource assessment
  • Geotechnical site investigation
  • Planning consultancy services

Our sister companies, Prelec and Green Cat Contracting, constructed the civil and electrical enabling works for the project.

The project was successfully commissioned in November 2017, ahead of FIT deadline of March 2018. It is expected to generate just under 2,300MWh annually.

Key Data
  • Client: Netherburn West Ltd.
  • Number of Turbines: 1
  • Turbine Type: Enercon E53 (800kW)
  • Total Installed Capacity: 800kW
  • DNO: Scottish Power Energy Networks (SPEN)
  • Start Date: March 2017
  • Commissioning Date: November 2017
  • Location: Lesmahagow, South Lanarkshire
  • Annual Electricity Production: 2,300MWh