Maximising energy resource with minimum impact as Lochluichart Wind Farm Extension gets go-ahead
Wind farm developer Infinergy has welcomed the Scottish Government’s decision to grant approval for a 6 turbine extension to the Lochluichart Wind Farm, which was consented in December 2008. The extension will form an integrated wind cluster with consented Lochluichart and Corriemoillie Wind Farms and help to maximise power output on site.
Esbjorn Wilmar, Managing Director of Infinergy said: “We are delighted that the Scottish Government has given consent to the Lochluichart Extension project.”
“This extension provides the opportunity to increase the renewable power generated on site without compromising the area’s natural beauty and ecology. Any visual impact will be much lower than that of a number of separate wind farms that might be sited more widely across the area.”
He added: “Having worked closely with the community in the Garve and Achnasheen area during the original Lochluichart Wind Farm proposal development, we have built strong relationships and found that there is a great deal of awareness and understanding of both our company and wind farm development in general, which is extremely helpful.”.
“The consolidated wind farm cluster will make an important contribution to the renewable energy targets that have been set by Highland Council and the Scottish Government as part of policy to ensure greater diversity and security of electricity supplies.”
The community benefit fund associated with the Lochluichart Extension is the innovative and award winning LEO: Local Energy Organisation. This is a new Community Benefits concept, set up by Infinergy, where local residents can benefit from the project directly by receiving reductions in their green electricity bill, in this case, by £250 each year for the life of the extension.
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