Infinergy launches plans for Vectis Wind Farm on the Isle of Wight

On 8 April 2010 Infinergy presented plans for a 5-turbine wind farm on farmland south of Wellow, West Wight, to Isle of Wight Councillors, consultees and community groups. The wind farm project could add up to 11.5 megawatts towards the total amount of energy generated from renewables on the Isle of Wight, currently standing at 2.6MW. Following their Eco Island ambitions, Isle of Wight Council have set an 18MW target of installed renewables capacity for 2010, a target to which this project would contribute 64%. Well over 40 invitees attended the presentations, which is the start of the consultation process.

Infinergy’s Project Director, Herb Lindlahr, commented; “The site has great potential for a wind energy project that would cover around 10% of the Isle of Wight’s domestic electricity needs. This is an exciting opportunity in taking the next step towards fulfilling the Eco Island Vision, something much talked about but far from realised.”

This site has been considered before. Infinergy is confident that these proposals will meet the planning requirements and will address the concerns raised in previous applications anywhere on the island. Mr Lindlahr added: “We are confident that the site is good and we can come up with an appropriate proposal. We take responsible development very seriously and will work closely with statutory consultees; professional bodies in their field that need to be satisfied that our proposal meets their requirements.”

The project is at scoping stage and nothing has yet been submitted to Isle of Wight Council. However, Infinergy has started the community consultation process for Vectis Wind Farm of which the launch is the first event. Mr Lindlahr said: “Community consultation is an essential part of our approach to development. We are looking to work closely with the Island community as a whole. The residents of the Isle of Wight have shown a lot of interest in this subject in the past and we look forward to explaining about our plans.”

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