Wind power News for March 2012

Wind power News Archive

Japan's new feed-in tariff is attractive for solar and wind

The new feed-in tariff scheme in Japan offers attractive returns for both solar and wind power projects, according to analyst Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Suzlon and CGN Wind Energy co-develop 800 MW of wind projects

Suzlon Group has signed a global strategic partnership agreement with China Guangdong Nuclear Power Group's subsidiary, CGN Wind Energy Co Ltd, to develop 800 MW of wind projects worldwide.

Global wind turbine market competition intensifies

The global wind turbine market is seeing fierce competition, especially in China, according to MAKE Consulting's 2012 Global Wind Turbine Market Share report.

Wind turbine protective coatings recognised by Frost & Sullivan Award

Hempel has won the 2011 Frost & Sullivan Product Line Strategy Award for its accomplishments in the wind turbine protective coatings market.

Ontario reduces feed-in tariffs – streamlines approval process

The Government of Ontario is reducing the feed-in tariff for solar by over 20% and for wind by around 15% in a review of the programme.

Gamesa eyes Scotland for offshore wind manufacturing base

Gamesa is in talks with the Port of Leith, Scotland, for its offshore wind manufacturing base – including blade and nacelle plants, port logistics and O&M services.

UK: Onshore wind only cost households £4.68 last year

Onshore wind power in the UK only added £4.68 to householders' annual energy bill last year, according to Ofgem's Renewables Obligation (RO) annual report for 2010/11.

Suzlon launches 1.5 MW turbine for low wind sites in India

Suzlon Group is launching the 1.5 MW S8X wind turbine for Class III, low wind sites in India.

Gamesa prototype wind turbine produces 104.6 MWh in one day Gamesa prototype wind turbine produces 104.6 MWh in one day

Gamesa's G10X-4.5 MW prototype wind turbine, installed in Alaiz, Navarra, Spain, has set an energy output record for its type, generating electricity for 23.24 equivalent hours at nominal capacity (98.26% of the day), for a total of 104.6 MWh.

REFocus partners with EWEA 2012 REFocus partners with EWEA 2012

Renewable Energy Focus magazine (March/April issue) will be distributed at this year's leading European wind event.

Nordex supplies 27.5 MW wind farm in Turkey

Nordex will supply and install 11 of its N100/2500 wind turbines for the 27.5 MW Sincik wind farm near the city of Adiyaman, Turkey, for Tektug Elektrik Group.

Burcote Wind plans 10 wind farms in Scotland

Burcote Wind plans to invest £1 billion in 10 wind farms across Scotland, which could create nearly 600 jobs.

Repowering boosts wind industry

Installed wind capacity is set to increase as wind power markets are expected to witness large growth in multiple regions, including repowering schemes, according to market intelligence specialists GlobalData.

ABB provides subsea cable for the Humber Gateway offshore wind farm

ABB will supply the power export cables for the UK's 219 MW Humber Gateway offshore windfarm under an order worth around US$15 million.

Gamesa sells US$900m worth of US wind farms to Algonquin

Gamesa is selling four wind farms totalling 480 MW to Canadia Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp for approximately US$900 million.

US offshore wind gets US$180m

The US Department of Energy (DoE) has launched a US$180 million, 6-year initiative for offshore wind in the US.

EU installed wind power slowed in 2011

The EU-27 installation rate of wind power slowed 5.9% in 2011 with just under 9.4 GW of new capacity, compared with nearly 10 GW in 2010, with a significant slowdown in offshore wind, according to the latest EurObserv'ER Wind Power Barometer.

Alpha Ventus produced 267 GWh in 2011

The Alpha Ventus offshore wind farm celebrates the delivery of 267 GWh to the German grid in 2011 - at the same time the developers say Germany must address offshore wind connection barriers for future projects.

Overcapacity keeps wind turbine prices low

Overcapacity and new low-cost players will keep wind turbine prices low, according to the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Wind Price Index (WTPI).

ABB and Inocean join forces on offshore wind power integration

ABB and Inocean AS Norway are setting up a joint venture for engineering services specialising in offshore wind integration.

DONG sells 50% of German offshore wind farm

DONG Energy is selling 50% of the Borkum Riffgrund 1 offshore wind farm to the Lego Group’s parent company, KIRKBI A/S, and the Oticon Foundation, for DKK4.7 billion.

UK trade union and renewable energy industry campaign for green jobs

The UK trade union Unite the Union and the trade association for wind and marine renewable energy, RenewableUK, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to campaign for green jobs.

Narec Capital helps offshore meteorology company enter UK market

UK renewable energy finance and insurance company Narec Capital has been appointed by the Spanish offshore wind meteorology platform developer Idermar to advise on finance, insurance and UK market entry.

Goldwind's profit nearly wiped-out in 2011

Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Company was hit by a slower wind power market and falling prices for wind turbines in 2011, recording a 73.5% decline in total profit and a 76.77% fall in net profit attributable to share holders.