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News & in-depth analysis of wind farms, project development, wind resource assessment, public consultation, site acquisition, permitting, construction, supply-chain contracts, and transport & logistics.

Prices rise again in German tender

Prices rise again in German tender

GERMANY: Close to the full 670MW allocation was awarded in the latest onshore wind tender as prices increased again.

Plans approved for New South Wales hybrid project

Plans approved for New South Wales hybrid project

AUSTRALIA: Developer CWP Renewables has received planning approval to expand its 270MW Sapphire wind farm in New South Wales into a renewable energy hub.

India seeks 160MW hybrid site proposals

India seeks 160MW hybrid site proposals

INDIA: The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has launched a request for proposals (RfP) for a 160MW wind-solar-storage project in Andhra Pradesh, southeast India.

News and Analysis

Suzlon-backed developer acquires US cluster

UNITED STATES: A startup company backed by Indian manufacturer Suzlon will finance and develop new and repowered projects in the US.

Latest German wind tender launched

GERMANY: This year's fourth and final onshore wind tender will take place on 1 October, the federal network agency has announced.

Financing structured for Norwegian project

NORWAY: Asset managers Luxcara and MEAG have structured financing for a Norwegian wind farm due to sell power to Facebook.

Pension fund acquires Pattern project stake

CANADA: A Canadian pension investment manager and Pattern Energy Group have acquired a 147MW wind farm in Quebec from Pattern's development fund.

Doosan to service South Korea's largest offshore site

SOUTH KOREA: Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction (DHIC) will provide operations and maintenance (O&M) services for the country's largest offshore wind farm.

In Depth

Safe havens for protected birds?

GERMANY: The discovery of protected species on a potential or operating site is enough to make the hearts of developers and operators sink, but thanks to better understanding and monitoring of wildlife behaviour, there are measures to help wind projects and nature co-exist.

Floating pioneers undaunted by challenges

UK: Realism over the challenges that floating offshore faces was balanced by optimism that they will be overcome as experts gathered at the Windpower Monthly forum.

How independent developers will survive consolidation drive

WORLDWIDE: The relentless drive to to lower the cost of energy is favouring large multinationals and has led to a flurry of smaller developers being bought out. But the independents argue their ability to adapt to different markets and make quick decisions means there remains a place for them

Back to the future

UK: In bringing the UK's generation fleet into the 21st century with its latest offshore wind farm, sometimes you have to go back 4,000 years. This is what ScottishPower Renewables has done at the East Anglia One project, uncovering a rare neolithic trackway and animal skulls in the process.

OPINION: Making the most of the offshore wind boom

With the pace of offshore deployment increasing, the supply chain needs to keep pace. Here, vessel supplier Seajack's crewing manager, Ian Robertson, sets out the three major challenges facing the sector.

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