The Canadian province of Alberta is becoming a hotbed for renewables. Scottish-based, Green Cat Renewables Canada Corporation (GCR) just announced that it is expanding into North America with the launch of a Calgary office in April 2017.
GCR intends to provide development support and consultancy services for renewable energy projects across Western Canada. The new Canadian venture will draw on the company’s significant experience of the renewables market in the UK, spanning 12 years, and 700MW+ of projects.
“Green Cat Renewables has built up a strong business in the medium-scale renewable energy industry in the UK,” said GCR Director Gavin Catto. “We identified Canada as an emerging market for medium and community scale projects with strong cultural and trade links with the UK. This is an exciting opportunity for the business to begin its next chapter.”
Stephanie Ewing, Former Head of Planning and Environmental for GCR in the UK, will relocate to Calgary to head up the new office, in the role of Vice President. Over the last year, Ewing has led international business development initiatives, identifying Western Canada – and specifically the province of Alberta – as an area with potential for significant renewables growth.
“In Alberta, the government has committed to an additional 5 GW of renewables by 2030,” Ewing said. “Being in Canada gives us the opportunity to share our experiences and lessons learned from the Scottish market, where we saw a similar level of renewable generation capacity added in the last decade.”
Engineering Project Manager David Manderson will also relocate to Canada, and the Canadian office, located at the Global Business Centre in downtown Calgary, will continue to receive specialist project support from the multi-disciplinary team of 50+ technical staff in the UK GCR offices.
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