By Iain Hardie, Regional Sales Director, UK
Earlier this week, Northern Power Systems announced its new wind turbines will be backed by its 10-Year Performance Guarantee Programme (PGP) in the United Kingdom, the only 10-year guarantee programme for small wind turbines available in Britain.
Reinout Oussoren, our VP of Global Sales, commented about the new programme, “This type of performance guarantee programme is normally only seen with utility scale projects and is the first of its kind offered for wind turbines up to 100kW in Britain.” I could not have described it better myself.
But of course, a more detailed description might not be a bad idea!
The PGP will protect owners of the NPS 100, Britain’s best-selling 100 kilowatt (kW) wind turbine, by ensuring 95% availability and 95% performance to power curve over 10 years. This is double the time of the current standard 5-year warranty available from most manufacturers in the British market.
The annual cost for the 10-Year PGP to the customer will be directly linked to annual power production and charged per kilowatt-hour (kWh) produced. Under the programme, both the owner and Northern Power Systems will benefit from turbines meeting and exceeding expected performance.
During the programme NPS will be the sole service provider. Knowing that the wind turbine manufacturer shares the incentive for the turbine to produce maximum energy and return on investment, while offering the lowest total cost of ownership for the turbine’s 20+ year life, provides peace of mind for the turbine owner.
Mr. Oussoren and I love the programme; it’s a tremendous statement of confidence in NPS products. What do others think of our new 10-Year PGP? We thought we should ask people outside our organisation.
Graham Hygate, Managing Director at developer Fine Energy commented, “Northern Power Systems’ 10-Year Performance Guarantee brings further financial stability for investors in wind energy. By providing long term backing, we expect it to create opportunities for continued growth in the small wind market.”