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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.”

Burton Wold Wind Farm South reaches financial close

8.25MW project on course to meet RO deadline

Burton Wold Wind Farm South Ltd, a consortium consisting of WWS, Muirhall Energy and Infinergy has secured £12m of investment for the 3-turbine wind farm project located near Burton Latimer in Northamptonshire.

The project was initially developed by Infinergy, who obtained unanimous planning permission from Kettering Borough Council in March 2015. Since then, renewable energy investors WWS and Muirhall Energy have come on board in the project.

Guy Rubinstein, Managing Partner of WWS said: “We are delighted to have achieved this important milestone and we look forward to working with our partners to get this exciting project up and running.”

The wind turbine technology, hubs, blades and a full service package will be provided by GE. Each wind turbine will have a generating capacity of 2.75MW. The overall height of the turbines will be 135.5m, with a rotor span of 120m and a hub height of 75.5m. A Community Benefit Fund of up to £41,250 per annum (index linked) will fund local projects and initiatives in Burton Latimer, the hosting town. The wind farm has an expected life span of up to 25 years.

The balance of plant contractor will be AE Yates from Bolton. Debt financing is provided by Close Leasing (part of Close Brothers), who acted as sole mandated lead arranger. Green Cat Renewables have been appointed as Owner’s Engineer whilst Greensolver will provide the overall construction and asset management services for the project. All generated power will be sold to Engie under a Power Purchase Agreement.

Work to install the wind turbines and supporting site infrastructure is due to start early September. The project is scheduled to be fully operational by March 2017, before the Renewables Obligation comes to an end.

Infinergy sponsors Climate Action event in Wimborne

On Saturday 28 November, the day that the Christmas Lights were switched on in Wimborne, the Environment Group of Wimborne Minster church organised an event to raise awareness about Climate Change. A petition was signed by many local residents to urge politicians to back a strong climate deal at the Climate Summit for world leaders in Paris. Infinergy sponsored the event which saw an ice sculpture of a polar bear as a symbolic reminder that time is of the essence. It was a positive day and Infinergy would like to thank all involved. In the battle against climate change we all stand together!

Appeal lodged for Tom nan Clach Wind Farm Repowering

Nanclach Limited, the joint venture between renewable energy company Infinergy and Cawdor Estate, has lodged an appeal against The Highland Council South Planning Committee’s refusal of the redesign proposals for the Tom nan Clach Wind Farm.

Following the decision to refuse the Repowering application, going against Officer Recommendation and the advice of all statutory consultees, Nanclach Limited has submitted an appeal to the Directorate of Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA). The new proposal looks to utilise recent technology gains to help increase the renewable energy output from the site by 26% while reducing turbine numbers from 17 to 13. However, Councillors, who refused the original Tom nan Clach Wind Farm which was subsequently granted on appeal in 2013, refused to take into consideration the considerable positive benefits the redesign would deliver, not to mention the cost of another public inquiry to an already cash-strapped authority, and chose to refuse the scheme on similar visual impact grounds as the original refusal.

Tom nan Clach Wind Farm currently has consent for 17 turbines, each with an installed capacity of 2.3MW, but a grid connection date of 2018. Wind turbine technology and design principles have evolved and improved a great deal in the last three years and 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 last year.

Esbjorn Wilmar, Managing Director of Infinergy commented: “We feel that the Highland Council has got this decision wrong. By utilising new design and technology, this redesign not only provides an opportunity to greatly increase the renewable electricity generated on the site by approximately 26%, but reduces the number of turbines and infrastructure required. This means that nearly 20,000 more homes could be supplied with renewable energy as well as a further 15,000 tonnes of CO2 being saved per year of operation, which is expected to be 25 years. I am still at a loss to understand why, during the debate in the chamber, the councillors did not consider these positive benefits at all, particularly considering this is an already consented site which can be improved enormously through this proposal. With the positive milestone of signing the Paris agreement, it is sometimes hard to see how we can deliver on the local level.”

The application documents for the Tom nan Clach Wind Farm Repowering are available to download at the dedicated project website www.tomnanclachwindfarm.co.uk.

Appeal details can be found on the DPEA website.
 

EDF ENERGY RENEWABLES TAKES ON DEVELOPMENT OF DORENELL WIND FARM

EDF Energy Renewables (EDF ER) is taking on the development of the Dorenell Wind Farm, which is one of the largest onshore wind projects due to be built in Scotland. EDF Energy Renewables will develop and construct the project working with the renewable energy company Infinergy.

The site near Dufftown in Moray has been developed by Infinergy and consent for a 59-turbine wind farm with a capacity of up to 177MW was granted by Scottish Ministers in December 2011. Following improvements in the latest available turbine technology, applications for a redesign of the currently consented project have been submitted to boost to the amount of renewable electricity produced from the site. If successful this would see the wind farm's installed capacity increased to approximately 200MW.

Once built, Dorenell could produce enough electricity for up to 138,000 homes. Grid connection is planned for 2018. Over the coming years, EDF Energy Renewables will continue, with the support of Infinergy, to develop the project and progress its construction as soon as possible.

EDF Energy Chief Executive, Vincent de Rivaz said: "Today's announcement, just weeks before the international conference on climate change in Paris, confirms EDF Energy's commitment to lead in UK investment in low carbon electricity. That means investment in wind and nuclear electricity generation with an increasing focus on the development of Scottish renewables.
"In taking on the development of one of the largest planned onshore wind projects in Scotland, we intend to boost its output using our world-leading research and development expertise. This expertise is dedicated to building a low carbon future in the UK and covers activities from electricity generation to energy efficiency in customers’ homes and workplaces.”

EDF Energy Renewables is a joint venture between EDF Energy and EDF Energies Nouvelles, the renewable arm of the EDF Group.
Antoine Cahuzac, CEO of EDF Energies Nouvelles said: "This deal underlines EDF Energies Nouvelles' continuing ambitions to develop our business in Scotland and our major ambition in renewable energy.

"With around 700 MW of wind projects in construction and operation in the UK as well as a large portfolio in development, EDF Energy Renewables is keen to work with Infinergy to start the building of this great project and progress the planning applications."

Infinergy's Managing Director Esbjorn Wilmar said: "After almost 10 years developing this site and securing planning consent for the existing 177 MW project, our focus now is on bringing new technology through the planning process to make Dorenell the best wind farm it can be, maximising output at the site which will make an extremely important contribution to the renewable energy targets set by the Scottish Government as part of policy to ensure greater diversity and security of electricity supplies."

EDF Energy Renewables recognises the importance of this project locally and will honour the commitments that have been made by Infinergy throughout the years that Dorenell Wind Farm has been in development, which include a Community Benefit package worth nearly £1m a year.