SgurrEnergy has kicked off 2015 with the launch of a new office in San Francisco, California.
The Wood Group company’s growth follows the recent expansion into Austin, Texas in October 2014, and complements SgurrEnergy’s existing North American offices, located in Vancouver, Canada and Portland, Maine.
With over 5.8GW, California has the second highest installed wind capacity in the USA. Solar power is an area of significant growth in the state, with more than 8.5GW installed to date. With many operational assets across the wind and solar industries, SgurrEnergy’s presence in California will provide a hub from which to provide its optimization and repowering consultancy expertise.
Staff numbers have more than doubled to over 200, as part of a three-year expansion plan announced by SgurrEnergy in 2012. Geographical expansion has been a particular goal and new offices have been launched in key renewables markets including Norway in 2012, Germany in 2013 and South Africa and Texas in 2014. SgurrEnergy now operates from 13 international offices spanning Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia.
Director of North American business development, Gareth Brown, said: “California is a hub of renewable energy, with excellent wind and solar resource. SgurrEnergy has rich and established capabilities to define the feasibility and operating conditions of these renewable energy conditions, as well as optimization of existing developments.
“Basing ourselves in San Francisco gives SgurrEnergy the opportunity to provide a local market presence to support our existing clients on new project developments, and those already in operation in this growing market.”
There is enough solar energy installed in California to power 1,897,300 homes, ranking it 1st nationally. The state is also home to over 12,000 wind turbines and 148 operational wind projects, which gives the potential to power more than 1.2 million homes.
SgurrEnergy has worked extensively in North America, particularly California, with multiple wind and solar assignments in the Altamont Pass, Solano Pass, San Gorgonia Pass and Techachapi Pass.
— Source: SgurrEnergy