Natural Power and Rev1 Renewables Join Asset Management Forces in North America

International renewable energy consultancy Natural Power announced today the signing of a joint services agreement with US wind turbine inspection and maintenance services company Rev1 Renewables, part of Rev1 Power Services, Inc. The announcement comes days after in depth discussions at AWEA’s Power Performance & Reliability Conference in San Diego, CA regarding 24/7/365 monitoring of operational wind assets and responsive technician crews.

Natural Power and Rev1 Renewables have fostered a combined management and services client portfolio of 1340MW of wind and solar energy projects and are actively seeking to expand in the US. Natural Power’s services include 24/7/365 remote monitoring via an operational control room – WindCentre™ – power-production forecasting, SCADA Analysis and HSE Management. Rev1 Renewables is a division of Rev1 Power Services established in 2008 providing skilled turbine technicians and support functions for turbine inspections, maintenance cycle completion and post-warranty operations and maintenance. Rev1’s clients include General Electric, Edison Mission Energy, NextEra Energy Resources and Horizon Wind.

This joint services agreement combines Natural Power’s in depth expertise in providing management services on a large fleet of wind projects with Rev1’s field service crews and local expertise allowing for a fully independent asset management offering for small and large wind farm owners/operators alike. Furthermore, Natural Power’s business model which combines technical wind resource assessment as well as hands-on operational experience provides a unique perspective in analyzing operationally ‘troubled’ wind farms – a strategy the company has already demonstrated across Europe.

Jim Adams, President of Natural Power North America commented: “The public announcement of our agreement with Rev1 Renewables is timely following the discussions in San Diego in January at the AWEA conference. The industry recognizes the need for real-time monitoring and an informed operations and maintenance strategy for wind projects to overcome some of the operational issues we are seeing in the US. Natural Power’s technical and real-world experience, combined with Rev1’s hands-on crews is sure to answer the needs of many owners and operators across the country.”

Merritt N. Brown, Vice President of Rev1 Renewables noted: ”We are excited to work in partnership with Natural Power, which creates an ideal combination of a world-class 24/7/365 offering and expert O&M field services. Natural Power provides a distinctive wind farm operational model that supports our own safety philosophy while also supporting our technicians with automated processes to excel at delivering high project availability and reliability.”


Source: naturalpower, February 08, 2011