Planning applications for redesign of Dorenell Wind Farm submitted
11 December 2014
Renewable energy company Infinergy on behalf of Dorenell Ltd, has submitted fresh planning applications for a redesign of its Dorenell Wind Farm on Glenfiddich Estate, for which it gained consent in December 2011. This new proposal will utilise recent technology gains to help increase the renewable energy output from the site by 37% with only 4 additional turbines.
Dorenell Wind Farm currently has consent for 59 turbines, each with an installed capacity of 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 the subject of further research and environmental studies. Applications for an upgrade, made up of a variation of the existing consent and an extension, totalling 63 turbines have now been made to the Energy Consents Unit of the Scottish Government.
Esbjorn Wilmar, Managing Director of Infinergy commented: “This redesign provides an opportunity to increase the renewable electricity generated on the site. Compared to the Consented Scheme, the candidate turbine of 3.3MW provides not only for an increase in capacity but more importantly increases the predicted energy produced by the wind farm by approximately 37%. This means that over 39,000 more homes could be supplied with renewable energy as well as a further 82,000 tonnes of CO2 being saved per annum. All within the same site boundary as the consented scheme.”
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 an industry leading £5000 per megawatt to the surrounding communities, investing over £1 million pounds per year for the life of the development.”
Ian Couper, Chief Executive of Energy North, said: "Dorenell wind farm is a consented project that will provide a welcome opportunity for local businesses throughout Moray to get involved in a major construction project.
"We welcome Infinergy's approach as the company always tries to use as many local contractors and suppliers as possible and the development represents over £250 million capital investment."
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