Farmers and landowners affected by the collapse of Canadian wind turbine manufacturer Endurance have been offered support from the firm’s UK suppliers.
The failure of the manufacturer has unexpectedly left many customers without warranties on their turbines, leaving question marks over the future of their investments.
There are about 900 Endurance turbines in operation in the UK, with a significant proportion providing renewable energy in Scotland.
The five Endurance Authorised Service Providers (ASPs), which are all independently owned businesses based in the UK, have agreed to provide continuing support to all the firm’s UK customers, and to ensure stocks of spares and parts will remain readily available.
They are also working with insurance providers to offer reputable insurance cover as soon as possible.
Between them, Aeolus, based in Bristol; Earthmill in Wetherby; Natural Generation in St Ives; Scaled Energy in Scotland and Silverford in Northern Ireland will provide a comprehensive service and maintenance coverage for the UK.
Mark Woodward, finance director of Earthmill, said: “We were shocked by the failure of one the world’s largest and most successful manufacturers, as were all the other Endurance Authorised Service Providers, not least because we own a number of turbines ourselves, and need them to remain operational and generating power.
“Our main priority now though is to provide a solution for the turbine owners. We are investing alongside our colleagues in the other ASPs to centralise a stock of replacement parts and spares that would otherwise be too expensive for us each to sustain individually.
"Between us we have a team of engineers who cover the whole of mainland UK. We already provide 24-hour monitoring to customers ensuring their turbines are operational and producing power to the grid for as many hours as possible.”
Earthmill maintains more than 250 Endurance turbines for customers across the UK.
The company is among the many creditors of the Endurance Wind Power UK business whose parent company in Canada was placed in administration last week.