g2 Energy Ltd. was founded in 2006 originally offering consultancy services to the Electrical Power Industry.
This developed further into High Voltage Civil & Electrical design and build services, specialising in providing grid connections for renewable energy projects. The company is a Lloyds NERS registered Independent Connection Provider (ICP) undertaking Contestable Works up to 132kV for a variety of clients across the country.
In 2012 the Renewable Developments department of g2 Energy was introduced which focussed on developing their own renewable energy projects. Premier Construction Magazine caught up with Peter Hill, Operations Director of g2 Energy Renewable Developments to find out more. Peter commented:
“g2 Energy has benefitted from significant success within the renewable energy sector, with the main core of the business focussing on the design and build of projects for other developers and clients. Recognising the growth within the industry, the decision was made for g2 Energy to extend their range of services and begin to develop our own renewable energy projects. Since then the Renewable Developments department have been identifying suitable sites, obtaining planning permission and developing the sites ourselves, utilising the existing services of g2 Energy for the design and build elements.”
“We currently have four single 500kW Wind Turbine sites where successful planning permission has been gained; two of these are under construction and about to become operational. We also have a number of other projects in planning.”
The sites on which the wind turbines are erected include Hill House Farm in Bridgend, South Wales and Tir Cook Farm in Treharris, South Wales. Both sites contain a fully constructed 500 KiloWatt wind turbine which is currently being commissioned. A further two Wind Turbines are also being constructed at Bryn Ys Gawen in Maesycwmmer, South Wales and Gelli-wen Farm in South Wales.
Other sites currently mid way through the planning process include Half Ridge Farm in Acton Beauchamp, Herefordshire, New House Farm in Pencombe, Herefordshire, The Grange, St Brides and Cefn Fforest in Treharris, South Wales.
Peter Hill said it is a pleasure to be a part of g2 Energy Renewable Developments and see the company expand as theg2 Energy brand becomes a recognised player within the industry. He commented:
“g2 Energy is a great company to work with; the success story is phenomenal as it has grown in a very short space of time. This growth contributed to g2 Energy being ranked 10th in the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 league table in 2013, which recognises the growth of privately owned companies in the UK. We have gathered a lot of experts in this field and established a quality service and the trust of our customers.
“We have gained repeat custom from clients because of the quality of our design and build projects, our capabilities and the fact that we always meet our time schedules. All clients that we have completed projects for have always been energized on time in order to optimise their return on their investment; because of this, people keep coming back to us.”
To date, g2 Energy has successfully connected in excess of 375 MegaWatts of renewable energy to the grid, with a further 709MW due to be connected by mid 2015. The Government has set targets for the UK to ensure that 15% of the UK’s energy demand is met from renewable sources by the year 2020. With this in mind there is an increased demand for g2 Energy’s services.
The completion of the 100th project is a fantastic achievement, especially considering that their first Wind Turbine was only completed in August 2011. This growth over the last three years has contributed to the company being ranked 10th in the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 in 2013.
The 100th project was a wind turbine in Stanley, County Durham. This turbine was also the third turbine which had been completed for the Lanchester Group. g2 Energy completed the Balance of Plant works which included the civil design and installation of a piled wind turbine foundation and access track. The civil and electrical design of a combined DNO and Client substation building to include the design, supply, installation and commissioning of 20kV switchgear and 20kV/415V/315kVA transformer was also undertaken by g2 Energy.
g2 Energy also completed the soil resistivity tests, and designed, supplied and installed the wind turbine Earthing system; as well as the electrical cable design and layouts to include both HV and LV cabling. g2 Energy were appointed as Principal Contractor on site, which included the responsibility of secure site storage, and providing documentation including Health & Safety Method Statements as well as site management of the project.