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Third wind farm deal for Infinergy and John Laing

Infinergy is pleased to announce the sale of New Albion Wind Farm to John Laing, the international infrastructure investor.

John Laing’s acquisition of the New Albion facility, situated in the East Midlands, is the third wind farm the company has acquired from Infinergy following Wear Point Wind Farm (Pembrokeshire) in 2012 and Wind Assets (comprising Castle Pill and Ferndale Wind Farms in Pembrokeshire and Rhondda respectively) in 2013.

Once constructed, New Albion Wind Farm will comprise 7-turbines with an installed capacity of 16 MW. Turbine selection for the site is ongoing and initial ground investigations have been completed. Planning permission for the wind farm was granted in 2010 by Kettering Borough Council and financial close is expected to be achieved this year.

Ross McArthur, Managing Director of Renewable Energy for John Laing, said: “We are delighted to have completed a further acquisition from Infinergy, a partnership which has significantly contributed to the growth of John Laing’s presence in the renewable energy sector. We now look forward to taking the project through to operation in order to help deliver clean, renewable electricity to communities across the UK”.

Infinergy’s Managing Director Esbjorn Wilmar, said: “Working with John Laing has been very constructive. It makes me proud that soon, another wind farm will be contributing to the ever growing amount of home-grown, green and clean electricity that will be used by British households and businesses.”

Lower Botany Bay Wind Turbine approved

Infinergy's single 500kW wind turbine project at Lower Botany Bay Farm near March, Cambridgeshire has been granted planning permission. It is Infinergy's 9th consent for a 500kW project.

Infinergy’s Communications Manager Marlies Koutstaal said: “This is fantastic news, not only for us but for the landowners as well. Lower Botany Bay Farm has been in their family for six generations and they have always invested heavily in sustaining and developing the business."

She continued: "As our landowner once put it: "The farm is our livelihood, our daily bread and we take great pride in it. As farmers we prove day in day out that we can be self sustainable in the UK, not only providing the food on the table but also supplying the power to cook it with." 

Furness Wind Farm gets the green light

After careful consideration the Planning Inspector has determined to rule in favour of Baywind and Infinergy and approve the repowering of Harlock Hill Wind Farm near Ulverston, which is owned by Baywind.

Baywind Chairman David Eastlick said: “This is such a relief. Our wind farm has a few years left in it but if it isn’t repowered it will spell the end of Baywind. After six years of going through planning we now finally have the reinsurance that our successful wind farm, which has been bringing benefits to the area for 17 years, will go on. This is excellent news for local investment, local jobs, the local community and an outright victory for community energy nationwide.”

Infinergy’s Senior Project Manager Matt Russell added: “Furness Wind Farm will bring many tangible benefits to the local area. Apart from affordable investment opportunities through Baywind membership, Infinergy and Baywind have committed to a Community Benefit Fund to fund local projects. Major local employer GlaxoSmithKline has expressed an interest in sourcing green electricity from the wind farm for its Ulverston site, which would offset the factory’s carbon footprint by 25% as well as improve its operating costs. There will be educational opportunities for local schools and Furness College. And last but not least, the business rates will be retained by the local authorities which helps their annual budget in this time of austerity.”

The next step for Baywind and Infinergy is to secure finance for the project. Baywind will be raising funds through another share issue, which will have a reduced rate for households in post code areas surrounding the wind farm. Baywind and Infinergy aim to have Furness Wind Farm operational in 2016.

Limekiln Wind Farm Public Local Inquiry gets underway

Infinergy has now begun the appeal of its planning application at Public Inquiry for a 24 turbine-turbine wind farm at Limekiln, in Caithness.  Infinergy believes the project will create new industries, jobs and skills that will outlast the decommissioning of nearby Dounreay Power Station, however The Highland Council North Planning Applications Committee took the decision to go against officer recommendation and object to the Section 36 scheme.

Located 2.8km South/Southwest of Dounreay Power Station, the proposal consists of 24 turbines that will measure a maximum of 139m from ground to blade tip, with a total electricity generating capacity of 72 megawatts (MW).  The wind farm has the potential to provide sufficient electricity to meet the needs of up to 43,600 homes and displace 80,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, based on the average generation mix of UK power sources.

Esbjorn Wilmar, Infinergy’s Managing Director said: “We continue to believe that Limekiln has huge potential, not only to reduce carbon emissions to help meet the Scottish Government’s ambitious electricity generation targets, but to also provide significant investment and economic benefits to the local area.  We look forward to putting forward a positive case for this development at the Public Local Inquiry and hope that Scottish Ministers will approve the project in the future.”

Limekiln Wind Farm comes with a community benefit fund of £5000 per MW of installed capacity, equating to £360,000 per year or £9 million over the lifetime of the development.  Infinergy has been working with local community groups and individuals since the project was launched.  A number of ideas to support the local community of Reay, but also to the wider region have been proposed to grow tourism in the area, providing jobs and skills, as well as in relation to how the community benefit could be used to help provide key support services such as transport, for local vulnerable people.


Wear Point Wind Farm becomes operational

After a phase of finalising grid connection arrangements and turbine commissioning, the 8.2MW Wear Point Wind Farm, which is located along the Milford Haven Waterway, has reached the operational stage. All four Senvion MM82 wind turbines are in full operation and have an expected lifespan of 25 years.  

Leading international infrastructure investor and asset manager John Laing has now acquired wind developer Infinergy’s 20% share in Wear Point Wind Ltd, the company set up to manage the wind farm. This acquisition gives John Laing full ownership of the wind farm.

The wind farm is situated on disused industrial land owned by oil storage facility SemLogistics in Waterston. Apart from sourcing products and services with a total value of £4.5m in the Welsh economy during construction, the wind farm has benefited the local community by the upgrading and refurbishing of Waterston’s playing field for a value of £20,000. Further to that, an amount of £14,000 has been contributed towards Pembrokeshire County Council’s planned upgrading of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. For more information please visit www.wearpointwindfarm.co.uk.