Gosschalks’ Renewables team reflect on a busy year for wind turbine projects
Partner, James Phinn takes a look at the past year for the Gosschalks renewables team which included the largest UK turbine installations to date and the importance of getting the right legal expertise in place to safeguard your renewable project and investment.
2014 has been one of the busiest years for our Renewables team, and has seen the completion of a number of new onshore wind turbine projects. These include two turbines for a major commercial landowner client, which are quoted to be the tallest in the UK.
The wind turbine project team, mainly partners James Phinn and Chris Groves, have now acted for many local farmers and landowners in negotiating the sale and installation (and long-term maintenance) of a number and mix of onshore wind turbine contracts. They are fast becoming the team of choice for these types of projects in the East Yorkshire area.
Other members of the Energy, Infrastructure & Renewables team have also been involved as the needs of the project or client require. Kate Groves and Zoë Carmichael have dealt with property elements, such as land transfer, sub-station leases and easement requirements. And Andrew Tarbutt has been involved in dealing with the banking and financing arrangements.
Drawing up contracts for the popular 500W EWT wind turbine
At the end of November we finalised the contract with EWT for a second 500W turbine for a farming and landowning family in East Yorkshire. Based on the manufacturing and installation lead times, this should be erected and generating in July 2015. This follows an earlier installation on a coastal site, which we dealt with in 2012 and proved to be very productive. It’s now in the top 5 performing EWT wind turbines in the country.
On both occasions, there was some urgency in getting the turbine ordered to take advantage of higher Feed-in-Tariff rates. But we managed to get these deals over the line in good time despite some complexities to resolve over grid connections.
In January we completed another wind turbine supply project for a farming client in Selby, North Yorkshire. This was also for a 500W EWT wind turbine – a popular asset choice it would seem. No doubt in no small part due to the tariff being well aligned to this scale of renewable project.
Helping to supply the tallest wind turbines in the UK
In June and July we negotiated for a major UK client the supply of two huge wind turbine installations from Vensys in Germany. These are now in the final stages of erection and commissioning in Leighton Buzzard and Aylesbury. Just in time for the FiT tariff deadline in January. With a mast height of 100 metres and an 87m blade diameter, these are the biggest wind turbines installed in the UK by a comfortable margin.
You can find out more about this project below.
Summary - by James Phinn
We are looking forward to a busy 2015 on renewable projects, having a number of onshore wind projects already “in the pipeline” at planning or early implementation stage. We will continue to support our clients who are diversifying into the renewable energy sector, whilst at the same time growing our team’s expertise and knowledge in this sector and providing sound legal commercial advice.
Applying the right legal expertise early in a project of this kind is very important to ensure smooth co-ordination of the various elements (and parties involved) of the project, to meet project deadlines and help safeguard and gain the best outcome from the financial investment. Please do get in touch with us if you are considering such a project and we will guide you through the process.
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