By 2050, the UK and Ireland’s renewables sector is expected to generate in excess of £40 billion a year. This notably growing market therefore looks set to reshape the nation’s energy agenda, and Smith Brothers has a significant role to play.
We’re the contractor of choice for two of the UK’s largest solar power developers – having already executed more than 100 of their projects, for instance – and we’ve worked on some of the biggest STOR schemes in the country.
We’ve secured the jobs because of our experience in this complex field, and our ability to supply safe, professional turnkey services.
There are virtually no wind power, solar energy, hydro, bio-generation, AD, waste to energy or STOR electrical infrastructure requirements that we cannot fulfil.
Our highly-skilled high voltage electrical engineers can carry out the following services:
As the windiest place in Europe, in 2008 the UK became the world’s biggest offshore wind power generator, before reaching the milestone capacity of 1GW in 2010. The UK’s solar power market has also reached a value of £1.6 billion a year, and the geothermal, biomass and waste to energy markets are continually advancing.
This is therefore one of the most exciting and evolving industries in the country. And when it comes to connecting these renewable energy infrastructures to enable the safe and reliable operation of the high voltage electricity network, many of the sector’s biggest names will turn to us.
When two sites in Perth and Kinross, Scotland were ready to be connected to the grid, high-voltage power engineering specialist Smith Brothers rose to the challenge. As the Independent Connection Provider (ICP) for the Tullymurdoch and Welton of Creuchies wind farms in Scotland, the power engineering experts had to overcome the combined challenges of adverse weather conditions and difficult landscapes in order to successfully complete the project. With eleven wind turbines located across the two adjacent sites, the farms were developed to deliver a combined output of 23.55MW to the SSE network – 14.35MW from the seven turbines at Tullymurdoch and 9.2MW from four at Welton of Creuchies, a joint venture between the landowner, local community and Green Cat Renewable Developments. And it was down to the 26-strong Smith Brothers team – and 21km of 33kV cabling – to connect both wind farms to the grid.