Infinergy doubles Scottish investment

Infinergy will double its proposed investment in Scotland with three new sites in Dumfries & Galloway and move from their existing office outside Inverness to larger premises in the city itself as the company seeks to bolster its operation in Scotland.

The three new projects in Dumfries & Galloway are; Shepherds’ Rig, near Carsphairn; Stroanshalloch, near Moniaive; and Marnhoul near Corsock. Taken together with existing projects, this will bring Infinergy’s total portfolio in Scotland up to 10 projects.

Infinergy hopes to hear from the Scottish Government very soon about the result of the appeal of their proposal at Tom nan Clach in Nairnshire and is in on-going discussions about the timing of grid connection for their approved site at Dorenell in Moray.

In December, Infinergy submitted an application for a 24-turbine project at Limekiln near Reay in Caithness and last year the firm won consent for an extension of 6 turbines to the 23 turbine wind farm at Lochluichart in Ross-shire, which it brought through the planning process in 2008.

Esbjorn Wilmar, Chief Executive of Infinergy, said: “Together with these additional sites our current project pipeline represents a total planned investment in renewable energy in Scotland of almost £650 million and we are committed to growing our presence here to help the Scottish Government meet its challenging renewable energy targets. The strategic commitment they have shown has been helpful for our own long-term investment plans and has encouraged us to make these new commitments.

“However, we are concerned about the time it takes to go through all the hoops of the planning process but also the significant delays we experience with respect to connecting our consented projects to the grid. This causes delays in delivering on our commitments not only to contribute to Government targets but to deliver benefits to local people as well.”

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