Green light from The Moray Council for Dorenell Wind Farm redesign

Planning applications for redesign of Dorenell Wind Farm receive ‘no objection’ from The Moray Council.

Renewable energy company Infinergy on behalf of Dorenell Limited, has been given the green light by The Moray Council as part of its Section 36 application to Scottish Ministers 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 predicted renewable energy output from the site by 37% with only 1 additional turbine.

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 60 turbines was made to the Energy Consents Unit of the Scottish Government and The Moray Council is a statutory consultee in this process.

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.”

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 and I am delighted that The Moray Council has recognised this opportunity.”

Earlier this year, following the first allocation round of Contracts for Difference in the UK, Infinergy secured a contract for its 177MW Dorenell Wind Farm, providing the company with the necessary security to build out the development, either under its current consented plans or the revised proposals.

Sarah Medcraf, Operations Manager, at Moray Chamber of Commerce, commented: “Moray Chamber of Commerce welcomes investment in projects in Moray. Such investment brings benefits in the form of direct employment and opportunities for local sub-contractors and others providing goods and services in direct or indirect support.”

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