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Infinergy and Greensolver announce joint venture in the UK

18 April 2017

Organisations combine strenghts to provide technical & commercial management of renewable energy assets in the United Kingdom.

Greensolver, the independent technical expert for wind & solar, and Infinergy have announced a joint venture between their two companies which will operate under the name Greensolver UK.

Greensolver UK will provide technical & commercial management services (TCM) to renewable energy asset owners in the British market. By combining Greensolver's expertise in technical and commercial asset management together with Infinergy's in-depth understanding of and extensive experience in the UK market, the joint venture will provide customers with the highest standard of services for wind and solar farms.

Guy Auger, CEO of Greensolver comments: "When looking for a partner in the United Kingdom, Infinergy was a natural choice. We already operate 6 wind farms they developed, and experienced first-hand how professional they were and how well they understood the UK market dynamics. It was however important for us to keep our technical advisory services offer independent, hence this joint venture only concerns technical and commercial management of operational assets. Technical due diligence construction project management adn advisory services will continue to be performed by the Greensolver Ltd team independently.

"We are very excited for the agreement to take effect and we are looking forward to future project development in the United Kingdom and abroad, as each company can capitalise on each other's geographical presence," Guy Auger adds.

Greensolver, who has 3 offices in Europe (Paris, London and Groningen), is looking - thanks to this joint venture - to strengthen its position on the British market, now covering all the United Kingdom, from the South of England and London up to the North of Scotland.

Infinergy's CEO Esbjorn Wilmar said: "As a developer, it was very important for us to build up our knowledge of the operational side of things in order to develop new projects better. By partnering with Greensolver, not only are we able to capitalise on their expertise in technical and commercial management, but also on their range of innovative services for wind and solar assets (Greensolver Index, GreenBoost, Bladesolver) which meet real needs of the market in the United Kingdom."


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.”

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.


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."