Project names and branding designed by Stornoway-based agency following local research and consultation
Northland Power Inc. (“Northland” or the “Company”) (TSX: NPI), a global power producer dedicated to helping the clean energy transition, today unveiled new names, brands, and websites for its two Scottish offshore wind projects. The two proposed projects, located off the coast of the Outer Hebrides, are named Spiorad na Mara and Havbredey.
Working in partnership with Stornoway-based LOOM Graphics, Northland conducted local research, consultation, and engagement, to ensure the names reflected the rich local folklore and history of the areas in which they are located.
Spiorad na Mara (previously known as N4) is a proposed fixed-bottom wind turbine project set in an area approximately 5-13 kilometres off the west coast of the Isle of Lewis. With a potential capacity of around 840 megawatts (MW), it could meet the average annual electricity needs for around 760,000 Scottish homes with renewable electricity and save around 1.2 million tonnes of harmful CO2 emissions every year. Spiorad na Mara is a Scottish Gaelic name meaning ‘Spirit of the sea’.
Havbredey (previously known as N2) is a proposed floating wind turbine project, located approximately 35 km offshore to the north-west of Lewis. With a potential capacity of around 1,500 MW, it could meet the average annual electricity needs for around 1.3 million Scottish homes with renewable electricity and save around 2.2 million tonnes of harmful CO2 emissions every year. Havbredey is a Norse word meaning ‘Isles on the edge of the sea’ and is believed to be where the word Hebrides was derived from.
Both project names and identities have taken their inspiration from Scottish and Nordic folklore, with tales often overlapping with the Western Isles‘ strong connection to the Norse culture. With the designs encapsulating the deep connection that local people have with the sea and the environment, they bring together the past, present, and future relationships between the islands, their people, and their stories.
“This announcement is an important step forward for the development of the projects and for Northland, as we continue to make progress towards delivering locally produced clean offshore wind energy, which is at the heart of achieving Scotland’s net zero emissions target by 2045“ said David Povall, Executive Vice President Offshore Wind. “The wind resource in and around the Outer Hebrides is among the best in the world, and ScotWind places the Outer Hebrides at the forefront of the energy transition.”
“Working in partnership with local communities and businesses is at the heart of everything we do. Between working with the team at LOOM Graphics and receiving input and feedback from members of the community, we’re proud to reach this important project milestone“ said Tanya Davies, Project Director, Northland Power. “We look forward to continuing this close working relationship and to delivering benefits to local communities, the economy and the environment for many years to come.“
“Working with Northland Power was a huge opportunity for our small studio. We’re very grateful that they sought to use a local business when looking for logo designs for the new ScotWind projects,” said Pearse O’Halloran, Creative Director, LOOM Graphics. “It was an exciting challenge, and we spent a large part of the project researching folklore and island heritage to find relevant approaches for the design. These shine through in the final graphics that are built on the traditional values that folk spirits represented but are looking toward the future of the island. We can’t wait to see the new designs in use and the positive change they will grow to symbolise for many years to come.”
New websites have also been launched, providing more information about the projects, Northland’s community commitments and how to get in touch, to ask any questions and provide feedback, as the projects continue to develop. To find out more, please visit www.northlandpowerscotwind.co.uk.
Northland will be prioritising the development of Spiorad na Mara in the immediate short term, utilising the established technology of fixed-bottom wind turbines. With the project in the early stages of development, there are a number of important activities planned in 2023, including a series of public events being held on Lewis during early summer, where local communities and stakeholders can meet with members of the project team to ask questions, provide feedback and receive the latest information. Further details will be made available over the coming weeks.
Northland’s primary focus is building a sustainable and carbon-neutral world based on a commitment to safely supply reliable, affordable, and clean energy while delivering long-term economic value. For more information about Northland, please visit www.northlandpower.com
About Northland Power
Northland Power is a global power producer dedicated to helping the clean energy transition by producing electricity from clean, renewable resources. Founded in 1987, Northland has a long history of developing, building, owning, and operating clean and green power infrastructure assets and is a global leader in offshore wind. In addition, Northland owns and manages a diversified generation mix, including onshore renewables, efficient natural gas energy, as well as supplying energy through a regulated utility.
Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with global offices in eight countries, Northland owns or has an economic interest in 3.0 GW (net 2.6 GW) of operating capacity. The Company also has a significant inventory of projects in construction and in various stages of development, encompassing over 20 GW of potential capacity.
Publicly traded since 1997, Northland’s common shares, Series 1 and Series 2 preferred shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols NPI, NPI.PR.A and NPI.PR.B, respectively.
For further information visit https://www.northlandpower.com
About Spiorad na Mara
Spiorad na Mara is a proposed fixed-bottom turbine offshore wind farm, set in an area approximately 5-13 kilometres off the west coast of the Isle of Lewis. With a potential capacity of around 840 MW, it could meet the average annual electricity needs of around 760,000 Scottish homes with locally produced, low-cost renewable electricity and save almost 1.2 million tonnes of carbon emissions every year.
Further information is available at www.spioradnamara.co.uk
Havbredey is a proposed floating offshore wind farm located approximately 35 km to the northwest of Lewis. With a potential capacity of around 1,500MW, it could meet the average annual electricity needs of more than 1.3 million Scottish homes with locally produced, low-cost renewable electricity and save more than 2.2 million tonnes of carbon emissions every year.
Further information is available at www.havbredey.co.uk