NorthWestern has purchased a wind farm in Montana

Posted By Sally on March 27, 2018 | 0 Comment | news

Energy company investing in wind farm projects


NorthWestern has purchased the Two Dot Wind Farm LLC from NJR Clean Energy Ventures for $18.5 million.

The 9.7MW project, located in central Montana, is pending approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, but should be passed through by the end of April.

The Two Dot wind farm will be the second wind energy project owned by NorthWestern in Montana; they also own Spion Kop, located near the community of Geyser, which is a 40MW wind farm.

NorthWestern’s customers will enjoy lower energy costs thanks to the acquisition and the wind farm will also help the company to comply with the Community Renewable Energy Project component of Montana’s Renewable Portfolio Standard.

According to the press release, more than 60 percent of the energy NorthWestern Energy provides to its Montana customers comes from renewable and carbon-free water, wind and solar generation. The energy company also relies on thermal generation from Colstrip Unit 4 and several natural gas-fired plants to meet customer needs reliably and affordably.

NorthWestern Energy’s Vice President, Supply, John Hines said, “By purchasing this project, we will provide customers with renewable power at an estimated average annual savings of about $170,000, compared to the existing QF wind contract. NorthWestern will continue to search for similar opportunities that provide additional cost savings for customers.” 


Orenda Energy will be attending the Farm Business Show!

Posted By Sally on October 20, 2017 | 0 Comment | news

farm business show uk


Orenda Energy will be attending the Farm Business Show in Birmingham, November 8-9.
Come visit us at stand #1047!
A little bit about us:

Orenda Energy Solutions generates income and delivers sustainability for its customers, by providing best in class, fully-managed and supported, risk-free, wind energy solutions for farmers, large acreage landowners, wind farm developers and investors.
At Orenda, we can offer farming communities a solution to the issues facing them today. Issues such poor harvests, unusually harsh weather conditions and dramatically rising energy costs, all of which can take their toll on a cash-strapped farming and rural economy. Small scale wind installations provide farmers and landowners with an opportunity to secure a fairly significant income, just by leasing a relatively small part of a field for a small turbine installation – with no loss of land use. With a `per-turbine` income, per annum, index linked for 20 years and a reduction in overall energy costs, it makes good economic sense for farmers and landowners to lease their land. Farming communities across the country are bringing in extra income from this enterprising initiative, by looking beyond their traditional arable, livestock and dairy revenue streams.
You can also read an article written by Gerry Lalonde, Chief Executive Officer, Orenda Energy Solutions here. He discusses how farmers can supplement their agricultural income using wind energy.


Orenda Energy Solutions secures MCS certification for its pioneering ’tilting’ wind turbine

Posted By Sally on April 10, 2017 | 0 Comment | news

Orenda Energy Solutions



 Orenda Skye – MCS Certification Report


Orenda’s claims its 49kW Skye turbine is now the highest-rated turbine available in the sub-50kW band and qualifies for the best FiT currently available in the UK.


Edinburgh, Scotland; Monday 10th April 2017; Orenda Energy Solutions Limited, a turbine manufacturer for the global medium distributed wind industry, has secured accreditation under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) for its 49kW Skye wind turbine, making it the highest rated turbine in the sub-50kW band that qualifies for FiT in the UK.


The MCS accreditation was awarded to Orenda following detailed independent testing, inspection and assessment by SGS, one of the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, establishing that the design, construction and safety architecture of the Skye turbine complies with EIC’s 61400-1 stringent operational standard published by the International Electrotechnical Commission regarding wind turbines.


Rigorous power performance and noise testing was also carried out on the Skye Turbine at the Myers Hill Wind Farm, in East Renfrewshire, by independent assessors TÜV-NEL, providing calibrated performance data and third party validation of Skye’s capabilities.


Gerry Lalonde, CEO Orenda Energy Solutions comments;


“The MCS accreditation is an exhaustive process, but ultimately gives consumers the confidence they need that a turbine has been independently assessed to the highest standards available. More importantly, it means that purchasers of Orenda’s Skye turbine now qualify to receive the highest FiT rate available in the UK. Landowners have the option of acquiring the Skye turbine for themselves or leasing their land to investors for the installation of the Skye turbine. In either case, financial returns are industry leading.


“I’m delighted we have a turbine product that fully complies within the MCS framework. We believe we are the only sub-50kw wind turbine to have been awarded MCS certification by complying with the IEC 61400-1 Design Assessment rather than the simpler 61400-2, which has shown itself to not fully provide protection to consumers.


“This is also reaffirmation to the UK market of Orenda’s commitment to manufacture a best-in-class turbine that MCS certification recognises, has become a benchmark for efficiency, safety, reliability and financial returns.”


Orenda’s Skye turbine has a fully integrated hydraulically hinged ‘tilting’ tower, designed to be lowered and raised by one operator using a wrench. It has its power pack located in the tower base and the company claims this innovative technology makes Skye the most efficient medium wind turbine currently available.


Moreover, its patented ‘tilt’ mechanism has been designed to alleviate the need for extensive and costly maintenance with servicing carried out ‘in-situ’ – a vitally important measure in hostile terrain or rural environments where there is little road access for cranes or heavy lifting gear.


From a health and safety perspective, there is no need to climb the tower and hence, no need for a climbing certificate.




About Orenda Energy Solutions:


Orenda Energy Solutions designs and manufactures fully integrated wind turbine systems for the rural segment of the small distributed wind industry. Orenda’s 49kW SkyeTM wind turbine is the solution of choice for farmers, large acreage landowners, and wind park developers and investors.


See more at: Press Enquiries –


Kevin Dorrian
Tel – 0131 661 7027
E- T- @acumenpr



Orenda selected by GreenMatch as one of the Best Green Energy Websites 2017

Posted By Sally on March 22, 2017 | 0 Comment | news

Best Green Energy Websites


Orenda Energy has been awarded one of the Best Green Energy Websites 2017 by GreenMatch this year and we couldn’t be more proud!


We are incredibly honoured to have been selected, and we are dedicated to continuing to educate the world on wind energy, dispelling the myths and sharing industry news.


Thank you GreenMatch!



Orenda selected by Feedspot as one of Top 50 Renewable Energy Blogs!

Posted By Sally on February 9, 2017 | 0 Comment | news


Orenda Energy has been awarded one of the Top 50 Renewable Energy Blogs by Feedspot this year and we couldn’t be more proud!


We are incredibly honoured to have been selected, and we are dedicated to continuing to educate the world on wind energy, dispelling the myths and sharing industry news.


Thank you Feedspot!