Dorenell Wind Farm Gets Green Light from Scottish Ministers

Wind farm developer Infinergy has welcomed the Scottish Government’s decision to grant approval of its 59-turbine development on the Glenfiddich Estate south of Dufftown in Moray.

Charles Sandham, CEO of Infinergy said: “We are delighted that the Scottish Government has given consent to Dorenell Wind Farm following the public inquiry process.”

“I would like to express our gratitude to the hundreds of individuals and businesses who wrote letters of support and worked on behalf of the development – I know they will be thrilled by this decision.”

He added that the company recognised the significance of the project to the region, in particular the immediate area of the Cabrach, which has been suffering from decline in population and prosperity in recent years.

“Having consulted with local people, this project will, in addition to generating electricity, provide a range of local benefits including strengthening local tourism by providing visitor facilities and promoting access onto the Glenfiddich Estate; regeneration through new jobs and the provision of new and refurbished housing on the estate as well as the more widespread community benefit fund and safeguarding the environment for the future with both habitat and fisheries management plans, all of which is a legal requirement on us as developer” said Mr Sandham.

“We want to make sure the Dufftown area, but in particular the Cabrach is put back on the map as a successful and thriving community – one where people want to come to live and work.”

The wider community benefit fund will include Dufftown, Glenrinnes and Glenlivet in addition to the Cabrach, which will benefit local projects and people to the tune of around £350,000 per year.

This project also represents a very welcome contribution in delivering the Scottish Government’s renewable energy targets and will help in the fight against climate change.

The development represents over £250 million investment, a significant proportion of which is likely to be spent in Moray. Infinergy always tries to use as many local contractors and suppliers as possible.  Although it may be a number of years before turbines are actually turning due to upgrades required on the Grid, there are plenty of preparatory jobs to be done in terms of construction and environmental management right through to the management of the community benefit scheme.

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