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Management buy-out at Infinergy opens new doors

Renewable energy company Infinergy has been bought from its Dutch shareholders by its existing long-term management Esbjorn Wilmar CEO and Tjiwolt Wierda CFO.

The new owners have laid out exciting plans to expand the company’s activities, by developing solar projects in Australia in addition to the company’s strong onshore wind portfolio and by branching out into new markets and technologies. 

CEO Esbjorn Wilmar said: “For many years Infinergy has been very successful in developing onshore wind energy projects around the UK. We are now ready to take the next step and widen our horizons. We are very pleased to have achieved this management buy-out as we see it as an important milestone in realising our ambitions.” 

Mr Wilmar continued: “We have started new wind and solar projects in the Netherlands and Australia which are looking very positive. The first planning consent for a wind project in the Netherlands is expected in the coming weeks. Our activities in the UK will continue as well. Where it comes to developing larger-scale projects, our focus is firmly on Scotland, but our ‘behind the meter’ projects can be rolled out throughout the country. In partnership with Greensolver UK we will continue to provide construction and asset management services to projects we have previously divested from. These services will also be provided to third parties.”

Installation of Burton Wold Wind Farm South now underway

Infinergy is delighted that the installation of the three turbines at Burton Wold Wind Farm South near Burton Latimer and Kettering in Northamptonshire is now underway. Another step on the road to a low carbon society! This week saw the installation of T1. We anticipate to have all three wind turbines fully commissioned by the end of March 2017.

Limekiln Wind Farm Reapplication Deferred

Limekiln Wind Farm Resubmission application, which has been recommended for no-objection by The Highland Council Planners, was due to be heard by the North Planning Applications Committee on Tuesday 10th January 2017. 

On the day however, Karen Lyons of The Highland Council told Members that: “Officers were made aware this morning that at around the time of finalisation of the report, SNH had briefed the Caithness members about the proposed Flow Country World Heritage Site, in respect of the blanket bog area between Caithness and Sutherland.

“This tentative site was submitted as such back in January 2012 and I understand that the Caithness members were advised by SNH in December 2016 that the site was now well advanced through this process.

“No mention of this matter has been made in SNH’s response to the application, therefore it is not a matter taken into account in the case officer’s report.

“What weight is to be given to this information is a difficult question to answer. Without clarification from SNH on the proposed timescales for consideration of the site by the advisory bodies and then the world heritage committee.

“For this reason my advice is that the application be deferred in order to seek further information and clarification from SNH via the Energy Consents Unit which is managing the planning application on behalf of Ministers.”

Fiona Milligan of Infinergy said: "We are clearly disappointed with this further delay but it’s important that the democratic process is followed correctly. We look forward to SNH clarifying the position so that Members are able to make a fully informed decision."

Mean Moor turbines in Cumbria have started operational stage

The three Mean Moor wind turbines that are part of Furness Wind Farm in Cumbria have started their operational life. The turbines are Enercon E70 machines, each with an installed capacity of 2.3MW, an overall blade tip height of 99.5m and a hub height of 64m.

Infinergy's Managing Director Esbjorn Wilmar said: "It is fantastic to see the successful delivery of another wind energy project, generating green electricity for British homes and businesses. As this is such a windy site, we expect the turbines to do very well over their 25-year life."

Mean Moor is part of a 5-turbine project known as Furness Wind Farm, developed by Infinergy in partnership with co-operative Baywind Energy. Together Infinergy and Baywind repowered Baywind's 5-turbine Harlock Hill Wind Farm on the same site, that after 20 years of steadfast operation had come to the end of its life. Baywind own the remaining two turbines n their newly set up community energy society High Winds.

 

Green light from Scottish Ministers for Tom nan Clach Wind Farm redesign

Infinergy has been given the green light by the Scottish Government on appeal for its application to ‘repower’ the consented Tom nan Clach Wind Farm on Cawdor Estate.  This new proposal is a redesign of the consented scheme, which will utilise recent technology gains to help increase the predicted renewable energy output from the site by 26% with 4 fewer, slightly larger turbines.

Tom nan Clach Wind Farm was consented in 2013 comprising 17 turbines, each with an installed capacity of 2.3MW, but a grid connection date no earlier than 2018.  Wind turbine technology and design principles have evolved and improved a great deal in the last couple of yearsand so, given the time available between consent and connection to the grid, the site has been subject to further research and environmental studies.  An application to ‘repower’ with 13 slightly larger turbines, but the same overall installed capacity of 39MW was made to The Highland Council in August of last year.    

Esbjorn Wilmar, Managing Director of Infinergy commented: “We are delighted with this decision. The redesign will increase the renewable electricity generated on the site by approximately 26%, using fewer turbines and their associated infrastructure. We started construction of the wind farm’s access tracks this summer and we are thrilled that it will be the better project that gets to be built on this fantastic site for wind energy.”

Mr Wilmar added: “Maximising output from the site will make an important contribution to the renewable energy targets that have been set by the Scottish Government as part of policy to ensure greater diversity and security of electricity supplies as well as providing the Government’s recommended £5000 per megawatt to the surrounding communities, investing almost £5 million pounds over the life of the development and I am delighted that The Scottish Government has recognised this opportunity.”

Last year following the first allocation round of Contracts for Difference in the UK, Infinergy secured a contract for its 39MW Tom nan Clach Wind Farm, providing the company with the necessary security to build out the development and construction work for the wind farm started this summer.

Fraser Grieve, Regional Director at the SCDI commented: “the SCDI welcomes investment in projects in Highland. Such investment brings benefits in the form of employment and opportunities for local sub-contractors and others providing goods and services. This decision is hugely positive not just for this development but for the wider economy and drive to harness the renewable potential we have here.”