Infinergy committed to maximising potential with minimum impact
Renewable energy company Infinergy has submitted plans for a 6 turbine extension to Lochluichart Wind Farm, for which it gained Section 36 consent in December 2008. The extension would form an integrated wind cluster with consented Lochluichart and Corriemoillie Wind Farms and would help to maximise power output on site.
Lochluichart Wind Farm Extension has been the subject of a year’s worth of site research, environmental studies and consultation, resulting in a number of design refinements to ensure the best possible proposal is put forward to Scottish Government. This exercise has resulted in a maximum of six turbines which is a significant reduction of the initial number of 13 turbines considered for the extension.
Esbjorn Wilmar, Managing Director of Infinergy commented: “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.”
Mr Wilmar 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.”
Infinergy will carry on with the consultation process in the next stage of the project. One of the subjects often discussed is 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.
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