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Tenants of No 10 celebrate first anniversary

John O'Groat Journal

Caithness Renewables is celebrating its first anniversary of operating Renewables @ No 10, its Thurso town centre hot desk facility. A number of companies from further afield have chosen to use the service, giving them a Caithness base, telephone number and local office in which to meet clients and do business.

The office was opened by Scottish Cabinet Secretary John Swinney in September 2012, providing space for the growing consultancy business, as well as the hot desk facility. Last autumn's ADSL2+ broadband upgrade in Thurso supported the hot desk facility becoming operational in November 2012, with enhanced download speeds ideal for multiple business users. Glasgow solicitors Harper Macleod, official law firm for the 2014 Commonwealth Games and very active in renewable energy, became the first tenants that month.

Recent tenants include French air quality business, W4, who are headquartered in Rouen, which use three-dimensional techniques and look at issues with air quality and pollutants across Europe. Anne Berlancourt, W4 director, and one of her engineers is working in Caithness again during the last week of October, and they are keen to extend their network of local contacts.

As well as hot desk facilities, the office houses its Offergy and Onergy personnel. Offergy services include work in offshore wind and marine energy while Onergy handles land-based renewable energy projects, notably small household wind turbines. Consultant Eilidh Gunn is carrying out surveys at properties to check for suitability for 5kW household size wind turbines that typically are mounted on a 10-15m high steel pole.

She said: "Given that electricity prices are rising so steeply this winter, people who have been weighing up whether or not to have a turbine to provide them with electricity might find this is a good time to act."