Renewable Energy Set to Power Rural Electrification

Last month, a report in The Guardian revealed that 1.4 billion people worldwide are currently living without electricity with underdeveloped energy infrastructures. The report suggested that this could be resolved by utilising renewable energy sources that feed into mini grids, which in turn creating localised generation and transmission of electricity.

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has recently awarded a $5m loan to the Mauritanian government to develop a local mini grid system to combat their energy crisis, as only 1% of their rural communities are currently electrified. Frank Wouters, Director of IRENA stated that there was a “huge demand” for projects like these, with the organisation awarding $50m to similar projects every year.

Vergnet supports IRENA’s investm...

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Vergnet Welcomes Increased European Energy Efficiency Targets

European Commissioners have recently announced that the EU will aim to cut its energy consumption by 30% by 2030, to encourage energy security and reduce carbon emission levels.

The original target for energy savings by 2030 was 25% which, if met, would ensure a 40% reduction of carbon emissions. The new extended target of 30% reflects the achievements already being made in cutting energy costs in Europe. These include cutting energy costs in buildings by 50% since 1980 and industry being approximately 19% less energy intensive compared to 2001.

Vice President of the EU Commission, Günther H. Oettinger stated the reasons behind these new targets are: “the basis to drive the EU towards increased security of supply, innovation and sustainability, all in an affordable way...

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Expanding UK Wind Partnership in the Spotlight at ‘The Renewables Event’ in Birmingham

Less than a year after announcing their partnership, Vergnet and partner, Bowler Energy, part of the John Bowler Group, revealed their success to date in the UK at ‘The Renewables Event’ in the NEC Birmingham.

Vergnet has been working with Bowler Energy since November 2013 and have a total of seven medium wind energy projects are so far planned in the UK as part of the partnership, with more in the pipeline.

Lucie Bowler from Bowler Energy, commented: “We are delighted with the partnership with Vergnet which will see us progress seven turnkey medium wind energy projects in the coming months with many more in the plan.  Choosing the right technology partner is a key consideration for all developers...

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VERGNET’s 1 GEV MP Turbine installed in Aguni, Japan

Vergnet’s turbine in Aguni in Japan has been installed for Progressive Energy Corporation, a subsidiary of Okinawa Electric Power Company Inc (Okiden). The wind turbine was inaugurated at the end of July.

The Vergnet GEV MP was selected by Okiden to service Aguni Island in the Okinawa archipelago. The turbine is perfectly suited for the project as due to its unique erection process, it can be built in remote areas with difficult access. The GEV MP is also renowned internationally for its ability to function in cyclonic areas. The Okinawa archipelago is frequently exposed to typhoons and tropical storm.

The turbine has been built to reduce the island’s high energy costs and will feed into the local internal grid, which includes a diesel plant...

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Vergnet Powers Ahead in Northern Ireland

Noel McFarland's Farm in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland

Last month Vergnet completed two new projects on farms in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. The two turbines were built in partnership with local developer, Simple Power, on farms and have helped local farmers to access the benefits of wind energy.

In Northern Ireland, Vergnet works in partnership with medium wind energy developer, Simple Power which exclusively uses Vergnet’s GEV MP R 250kW, 32m hub height wind turbines for its on-going development on Northern Ireland farms. Simple Power chose the Vergnet GEV MP-R due to its suitability to the local environment as well as its maximum regeneration capacity.

The developer benefits from Vergnet’s production yields, which are among the best performing in the medium wind sector...

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Installed Wind Capacity set to Increase Worldwide and in Europe

This week, the Navigant Research, highlighted that wind power currently supplies about 3% of the world’s electricity and will rise to 7.3% by 2018. The report follows the latest scenario from EWEA which stated by 2020 EU’s installed wind capacity is set to reach 192 GW.

Despite this being at a slower rate and nearly 40GW lower than EWEA’s prediction five years ago, it is a rise of 64 percent from 2013 levels.

Both reports predict continued growth and a positive outlook for the industry, despite a protracted economic crisis and regulatory instability.

Feng Zhao, Research Director at Navigant Research stated, “Last year was the first in which the wind industry experienced negative growth since 2004, but there are signs that the 2013 slowdown will turn out to be an anomaly...

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Further Growth for Vergnet in the UK

Vergnet marks further growth in the UK following the launch of its O&M Service in May 2014 at CLA Game Fair today, as it announces its first three farming customers for the service.

Park House Farm, Desford, Leicester, is one of the first to sign up for the new UK wind turbine service. The agreement announced at the UK’s largest outdoor country showwill see Park House farmer Paul Hilyer benefit from Vergnet’s dedicated O&M service providing him with improved security for business planning as well as control of expenditure and performance for his two 250kW Vergnet GEV MP-C medium wind turbines.

The farmer currently uses the medium scale wind turbines, which have been in operation since 2012 to generate clean energy for the grid...

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Extension of local wind farm agreement with Italy’s PLT Energia

Vergnet and PLT Energia announce new promising partnership agreement for 200 kW wind turbines.

Vergnet SA and PLT Energia S.p.A. have signed a new industrial partnership agreement.

It provides for the installation, commissioning and maintenance by PLT Energia of additional 200 kW Vergnet wind turbines in Italy and potentially other areas in the world.

Under the previous agreement signed in 2012, PLT installed and currently operates 8 Vergnet wind farms in Italy.

Jérôme Douat, CEO of Vergnet commented: “We are delighted with the partnership with

PLT Energia, which enabled Vergnet to enter the Italian market in 2012. Vergnet’s market share in Italy now represents 80% of the medium wind market and 100% of the market of new 200 kW installations“

 An agreement that will result in new...

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Vergnet Set to Celebrate UK Growth at CLA Game Fair 2014

Vergnet is attending the UK’s largest countryside show taking place in Oxfordshire next week from 18th- 20th July.

As a global leader in the distributed wind energy industry, Vergnet will be celebrating its growing track record in the UK by attending the CLA Game Fair this year, with the new Operations & Maintenance (O&M) service featuring highly on the company’s agenda.

The CLA Game Fair is the County Land Association’s flagship annual event and one of the UK’s leading outdoor country show. The fair is widely accepted as the world’s greatest celebration of country life and sports, bringing together land owners, developers, members of the rural community and country sports enthusiasts alike.

Visitors to Vergnet’s stand (A0108) at the CLA Game Fair 2014 can find out about the com...

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