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Feb
04

VP of Orenda gives advice to farmers interested in wind energy

Posted By Sally on February 4, 2015 | 0 Comment | news

 

Steve McMahon, VP of Sales and Marketing at Orenda, has an article published in Farmers Guardian where he gives solid advice to farmers interested in wind energy projects.
 

Here are Steve’s top tips:
 

When considering embarking on a wind turbine project:
 

  • Firstly, be clear as to the motivation for the project – whether this is purely an investment, part of a programme to reduce carbon footprint, for long-term electricity supply pricing or a mix of all the above – this will help drive the size of the wind turbine and the financial returns one requires
  • Get a good handle on what the wind resource is on your farm, and a macro picture can be established fairly easily using a database. Micro-siting is critical to ensure the turbine has an unrestricted access to the prevailing wind and without obstacles close to the turbine likely to cause material levels of turbulence
  • Find a good installing dealer to work with as a partner. There are many, so get references from them and talk directly to their previous customers
  • Finally, be patient – installing a wind turbine is a major project and will take significant time from start to finish, but done properly is well worth the wait

 

Want more information and tips on wind energy investments? Contact us now: info@orendaenergy.com
 

Dec
11

Orenda sets renewables industry benchmark with ‘performance guarantee’ protection

Posted By Sally on December 11, 2014 | 0 Comment | news

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Performance Guarantee just one of a raft of new initiatives offering ‘peace of mind’ to farming and rural communities

 
Livingston, Scotland 10th December 2014; In a move that radically shifts the risk profile of wind investments in the UK, Orenda Energy Solutions, the designer and manufacturer of the pioneering Skye 51kW small/medium ‘tilting tower’ wind turbine, is to offer a package of ‘peace of mind’ measures to investors and the farming and rural community for its ground-breaking 51kW turbine.
 
Central to these offerings is a complete performance guarantee against its published Annual Energy Production (AEP), plus all-risk insurance – including loss of income. Orenda is also extending its current five year parts and labour warranty guarantee to seven years – measures designed to maximise return on investment in the face of reduced FiT payments.
 
This enables Orenda to completely guarantee the operational performance of the turbine on an annual basis, and for the full duration of the seven year warranty program. Orenda is confident the turbine will produce no less than 95% of its published AEP and should there be any shortfall, will reimburse this directly to the user.
Whilst small and medium wind energy is crucial to farming, private landowners and domestic rural communities, future installers and end customers will now have a robust package of strong incentives, which are unparalleled as a package in the small medium wind sector and have been introduced at a time when the reduction in FiT tariff levels brings a further challenge to the hard pressed rural economy.
 
Steve McMahon, VP Sales and Marketing Orenda Energy Solutions commented;
 
“There are many technological innovations integrated into Orenda’s Skye 51kW turbine and giving assurances and performance guarantee criteria as significant fail-safe benefits to the customer, is, I believe, the most detailed and robust offering of its kind to the UK’s farming and rural communities.
 
Small and medium wind turbines are a lifeline for Britain’s rural economy however there is a job still to be done to bring a majority of these communities to embrace renewable energy.
 
Many have said they would be keen to do so, but with so much hesitancy regarding return on investment (ROI) over an extended period, some may be reluctant to incur more capital expenditure. Our new package of incentives should go some way to give them peace of mind and help them realise the financial returns a small or medium wind turbine can achieve for them, backed by a raft of pioneering ‘peace of mind’ measures.”
 
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 51kW Skye™ wind turbine is the solution of choice for farmers, large acreage landowners, and wind park developers and investors.
 

Nov
21

Power Energy Solutions: The big debate

Posted By Sally on November 21, 2014 | 0 Comment | news

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Steve McMahon, VP of Sales and Marketing for Orenda is featured in the Power Energy Solutions (PES) publication called ‘The Big Debate’.
 
What is ‘The Big Debate’? Well, as PES puts it, ‘The wind industry is constantly evolving and new ideas and innovations are a welcome source of change and regeneration. We asked five pioneers in the field – from  five diverging sectors – to give us their views on where  we’re headed and how they are helping to encourage  the evolution of an industry.’
 
Here’s are a couple snippets from the latest issue:
 
PES: Similarly, has there been enough progression in complimentary technologies such as smart meters, storage, grids, etc.?
 
Steve McMahon: There are several key challenges that wind power needs to address: The vast majority of the world’s land mass does NOT experience winds greater than 5m/s (average annual wind speed at >10m). The current technology that all horizontal axis wind turbines are based on does NOT operate effectively in these low wind regions. Therefore there needs to be a focus in R&D on designing wind turbines that can produce electricity efficiently in these low wind regions of the world.
 
This is particularly important when one considers that 25% or one quarter of the world’s population are without any electricity at all! This is the ultimate target market for small-medium scale wind energy, where there is real pain. A very small percentage of these regions experience what we would regard as decent wind for wind turbines to operate efficiently.
 
Linked to the point above concerning low wind technology, there is a growing need for hybrid renewable energy solutions, combining different types of renewable energy generation e.g. wind and solar PV in conjunction with efficient and practical storage technologies. Hybrid solutions are being deployed today. However, they are largely bespoke (custom) one –off solutions designed specifically for each individual application which results in high cost, low quality and hard to maintain solutions.
 
There needs to be a focus within the renewable industries to encourage partnering between companies who are expert in their own specific space, be it wind, solar, storage, power electronics etc. to develop true plug and play hybrid solutions.
 
PES: Year upon year, turbines are increasing in size. Would you agree that we perhaps need smarter turbines instead?
 
Steve McMahon: In short – yes! The transition towards larger and larger was driven by the returns available via the UK FiT program. The problem is that it is becoming tougher and tougher to find sites for the larger turbines due to tip height and grid constraints. This incentive led market is artificial to some extent and certainly time limited. To meet the longer term requirements in a sustainable “real” market for off-grid solutions we will certainly require “smarter” turbine systems including better low wind performance, efficient storage capabilities and off the shelf hybrid solutions incorporating wind, solar, storage etc.
 
Want to read the whole thing? Check it out on our resources page!
 

Apr
23

Orenda’s Connect Newsletter: 1st Quarter 2014

Posted By Sally on April 23, 2014 | 0 Comment | news

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Welcome to Orenda Energy Solution’s Connect Newsletter!

Connect is sent out quarterly to keep you up-to-date on important news and events at Orenda.


In mid-March, Orenda exhibited at the EWEA annual event in Barcelona, Spain. We met a lot of great people and made some wonderful contacts!

Photo above: (left) CEO at Orenda, Gerry Lalonde, and (right) PR Director at Acumen, Kevin Dorrian at the Orenda booth 7E115.

Orenda’s VP of Sales & Marketing, Steve McMahon, was recently featured in Scottish Energy News.His article titled ‘Red tape hampers the case for small/medium wind‘, discusses the effects of the heavily regulated planning process on the small/medium wind industry in the UK.
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Orenda is delighted to announce that an independent investor has purchased 2 Skye™ wind turbines to be installed on a site in Scotland. The investor will lease the land from a farmer who already has a Skye wind turbine on his farm.Orenda will be installing these two turbines themselves which are scheduled to be installed & commissioned before the end of the summer this year.

Orenda is pleased to announce we now have a new dealer located in Turkey!

Marhat is a versatile and successful company dealing with all types of construction and engineering in energy, exploration, farming and real estate investments. The company was founded 20 years ago by Americans and has experienced continual success since its inception.

Marhat has already purchased 3 Skye™ 51kW wind turbine solutions, and plans to install more in the future. These first units are for end customers who are looking to reduce their electrical bills, and take advantage of feed-in-tariffs.

Orenda is expanding its workforce yet again and we are happy to announce our new hires this quarter:

Nora deVette has joined as our Accounting Manager. Nora has a B.Comm. from Queens University and a CPA,CMA designation. She brings over 25 years of experience in the accounting field working for a variety of organizations.

Ovais Abessi has recently joined our team as a Senior Mechanical Engineer.  He has a Master of applied science, Mechanical Engineering (MASc) from University of Ottawa. Ovais brings over 12 years of experience in the field of engineering, working for a variety of organizations. His skills acquired in academia and industries have allowed him to develop good confidence in design, fabrication and testing of mechanical parts.


As a part of the renewable energy industry, we are often looking for the latest information to help keep ourselves and our followers up-to-date.

Here are a couple of snippets from recent posts on our blog:

The Australian Medical Association does not believe in wind turbine syndromeThe Australian Medical Association (AMA) released a statement on Monday regarding Wind Farms and Health where it discusses its position on ‘wind turbine syndrome’. Professor Geoffrey Dobb, AMA Vice President and Chair of the AMA Public Health Committee said, “The available Australian and international evidence does not support the view that wind farms cause adverse health effects.” Professor Dobb goes on to say, “From a public health perspective, it is important to note that electricity generation by wind turbines does not involve the production of greenhouse gases, other pollutant emissions or waste, all of which can have significant direct and indirect health effects.”

Wind energy saves the day in Texas this weekIn Texas, wind energy saved the day and warmed the houses of many Texans when fossil-fuel plants shut down due to weather-related issues on Monday.

Wind turbines were able to provide about 1800 MW of energy, which was just enough electricity to avoid power outages in the state. A similar scenario happened back in 2011, when demand for electricity peaked with escalated temperatures.

Oddly enough, despite wind energy coming to the rescue, some naysayers are taking this opportunity to downplay the benefits of wind. Adam Sinn, a Houston-based independent energy trader said, “It’s a nice story for wind, but it’s scary that they are relying on it in emergency situations… I think wind should be looked at as a buffer and that the grid should always have fossil fuel resources to prevent an event.”

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Feb
04

Orenda will be exhibiting at EWEA’s Wind Energy Event: March 10-13

Posted By Sally on February 4, 2014 | 0 Comment | news

 EWEA 2014

 
Orenda Energy Solutions Inc. will be exhibiting at EWEA’s Wind Energy Event in Barcelona, March 10-13, 2014. Check us out at booth 7E115.
 
We would be happy to meet with you to talk about wind energy and our Skye™ wind turbine solution.