Renewable Energy & Power Generation

The renewable energy and power industry has rapidly expanded as a response to the global shift towards sustainable energy sources. As this demand continues to rise, the renewable energy sector is experiencing continued rapid growth, technical advancements and overall transformation.

Renewable Energy & Power Generation

The renewable energy and power industry has rapidly expanded as a response to the global shift towards sustainable energy sources. As this demand continues to rise, the renewable energy sector is experiencing continued rapid growth, technical advancements and overall transformation. 

Key sectors include wind, solar and hydroelectric power, which are at the forefront of this revolution and driving the transition towards sustainable energy sources. Central to the construction, maintenance and operation of renewable energy facilities is the requirement for specialised lifting equipment. Cranes, hoists, forklifts and hydraulic systems play crucial roles in handling heavy components and ensuring efficient, safe installations.

This industry’s growth is essential for reducing carbon and emissions and combating climate change. As technology advances, the use of sophisticated lifting equipment will continue to enhance the efficiency and scalability of renewable energy projects, supporting the transition to a greener future.


Wind Power

Wind power generates electricity by using wind turbines to convert the kinetic energy of wind into mechanical energy, which is then transformed into electrical energy. It is one of the fastest-growing sectors in renewable energy, with towering wind turbines becoming a common sight along landscapes worldwide. Wind farms can be onshore or offshore, and require multiple wind turbines, strategically placed, in order to capture wind efficiently. The construction and maintenance of these massive structures require precise and robust lifting equipment.



Large-scale cranes, including crawler cranes and mobile cranes, are essential equipment for the installation of wind turbines. These cranes lift and position turbine towers, nacelles and blades, which can weigh several tonnes and reach heights of over 100m. The precision and strength of these cranes is essential to the safe and efficient assembly of wind turbines.

Hoists and winches:

Hoists and winches are used to lift smaller components and tools during turbine assembly and maintenance. These devices facilitate the safe handling of parts within the nacelle and other elevated sections of the turbine.

Blade lifters:

Specialised blade lifters are designed to handle the unique shape and size of wind turbine blades. These lifters provide secure and balanced lifting, preventing damage to the blades during installation and maintenance.


Solar Power

Solar power generation involves the installation of photovoltaic (PV) panels, which convert sunlight directly into electricity, and solar thermal collectors, which use sunlight to heat a fluid and generate steam that will drive a turbine and produce electricity.  Solar power is versatile, it’s suitable for small-scale residential installations, or large scale solar farms. The panels often span large areas and require precise alignment. Location also plays a big part in solar panel installation, as they can be at height or even on challenging terrains when looking at solar farms.

Forklifts and Telehandlers:

Forklifts and telehandlers are used to transport and position solar panels and mounting structures on the installation site. Their versatility and manoeuvrability make them ideal for navigating the often challenging terrains of solar farms.

Scissor lifts and aerial work platforms (AWPs):

These tools are essential equipment for providing safe access for workers to elevated work areas. They are needed for facilitating installation, inspection and maintenance of solar panels. Scissor lifts and AWPs ensure workers can perform tasks at height efficiently, with stability and ease.


Cranes are used to lift and position heavy solar components, such as inverters and large-scale mounting systems, ensuring precise placement and alignment.

Solar panel ladder hoists:

Solar panel ladder hoists are essential equipment for fitting solar panels to roofs. They are specialised devices that are designed to securely lift heavy and delicate solar panels to ensure safe transportation of them. Reducing the need for manual labour makes them efficient, and reduces the risk of injury to workers.


Hydroelectric Power Generation

Hydroelectric power generates electricity by harnessing the energy of flowing or falling water. It typically involves the construction of dams on large rivers in order to create reservoirs. Water is released from the reservoir and flows through turbines, which spin to activate generators and produce electricity. The construction and maintenance of these dams, turbines and other heavy infrastructure require robust and accurate lifting equipment in order to facilitate efficient and safe development.

Overhead cranes:

Overhead cranes are crucial in hydroelectric power plants for handling large turbines, generators and other heavy equipment. These cranes provide the necessary lifting capacity and precision for the assembly and maintenance of hydroelectric machinery.

Hydraulic lifting systems:

Hydraulic lifting systems are used to adjust and maintain sluice gates, spillways, and other dam components. These systems offer controlled lifting and positioning, which is essential for managing water flow and ensures that the dam structure is safe.

Winches and hoists:

These are essential kit for any lifting and pulling that happens within hydroelectric facilities. Anything from lifting heavy tools, to positioning structural elements, winches and hoists are what you’ll need.

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When ensuring safety for employees working with lifting equipment in renewable energy companies need to comply with both LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998) and PUWER(Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998). These regulatory acts are crucial for the renewable energy sector because they ensure the safe and efficient use of lifting equipment, which is essential for constructing, maintaining and operating renewable energy facilities.

LOLER ‘98 ● Any equipment used must be strong and stable enough for the intended use. To ensure equipment is compliant it should be properly maintained and subject to regular inspection by a qualified person. ● All lifting operations should be planned and supervised sufficiently to ensure safety. ● Workers who are operating lifting equipment must be adequately trained and competent to use the equipment safely.

PUWER ‘98 ● PUWER ensures that any lifting equipment used is appropriate for the task and environment in which it is used. ● Equipment should be properly maintained and inspected to ensure that equipment remains safe to use. ● Operators must have received adequate training and instruction on using the equipment safely.

Both regulations mandate that lifting equipment is strong, stable, and properly maintained. This reduced the risk of accidents and injuries in hazardous environments such as wind farms and solar installations. It also ensures that operations are as efficient as they can be, minimising downtime and maximising productivity.


It’s an exciting time for renewable energy, with rapid
advancements in technology and increased global commitment to sustainable energy. As wind, solar and hydroelectric power continue to expand, the need for sophisticated lifting equipment will grow. Using the correct lifting equipment will enhance efficiency, precision, and safety in constructing and maintaining renewable energy facilities. Advanced cranes, hoists and specialised lifting devices are especially crucial for handling larger and more complex components.

LES is working closely with manufacturers such as Yale to promote safer mechanisms in lifting equipment, supporting companies such as Shell in their renewable energy projects around the globe. The continuing evolution of lifting technology will support the scalable and efficient deployment of renewable energy projects, driving the transition to a cleaner, greener future for everyone.

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