30 June 2010 – SmartestEnergy, the UK’s largest purchaser and supplier of electricity from the independent generation sector, has signed a power purchase greement (PPA) with Vattenfall Wind Power Limited for the power that will be generated from its 41.4 MW Edinbane wind farm on the Isle of Skye.
The wind farm, which started generating in the spring, consists of 18 Enercon 2.3 MW turbines with a maximum turbine height of 99.5 metres.
Edinbane is the first onshore wind farm to have been built by Vattenfall since it acquired AMEC Wind Energy Limited in 2008. It is connected to the grid via a transmission connection, which means it is covered by a different set of rules.
As a flexible, independent company SmartestEnergy can design agreements to operate under different rules, and remove the day-to-day difficulties that generators and developers face with projects of this nature.
Robert Groves, chief operating officer at SmartestEnergy, said: “We are delighted to be working with one of the UK’s largest generators of wind power to increase the amount of renewable power on the grid.
“Concerns over energy security and carbon emissions are increasing and ‘home-grown’ renewable electricity can address both these issues. We are already directly responsible for over 13 per cent of renewable electricity entering the grid in the UK and we look forward to increasing this contribution with Edinbane and future projects.”
David Hodkinson, director, Head of Development with Vattenfall Wind Power in the UK, said: “We are committed to increasing renewable power capacity in the UK and Edinbane is just one of our portfolio of wind projects. SmartestEnergy was able to offer an attractive PPA, designed to suit our specific needs and we look forward to our partnership together.”
The two companies already have an established working relationship as SmartestEnergy is the PPA partner for Kentish Flats, a 90MW wind farm owned by Vattenfall.
The Edinbane contract follows other recent PPAs signed by SmartestEnergy in Scotland and the rest of the UK. SmartestEnergy now has a portfolio of over 1500 MW under management, with the majority of sites generating renewable electricity.
SmartestEnegry sells this green electricity to business customers including Marks and Spencer and Arcadia Group.
Groves added: “Our flexible approach to PPAs allows us to maximize benefits for all renewable energy developers while removing any barriers they may face. This is just as true when we are working with small scale community wind developments as it is when we work with larger developers such as Vattenfall.”