The Environmental Impact Assessment and all supporting documents for the Lochluichart Wind Farm Extension II have now been submitted to The Highland Council and statutory…
Welcome to Infinergy’s Lochluichart Windfarm Extension II
Scotland leads the way in harnessing renewable energy sources. The Scottish Government has now committed to end Scotland’s contribution to climate change within a generation under the Climate Change Bill passed in 2019. The landmark legislation has committed Scotland to becoming a net-zero society by 2045 – five years before the rest of the UK and in line with the advice from the government’s independent expert advisors, the UK Committee on Climate Change. The Scottish Government will also respond to the global climate emergency by adopting an ambitious new target to reduce emissions by 75% by 2030 – the toughest statutory target of any country in the world for this date going above and beyond what the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said is required worldwide to limit warming to 1.5 degrees.
However, these targets cannot be met without further renewable energy development. Ways to ensure the landscape can accommodate this are carefully chosen sites and sensitively designed developments.
As part of this goal, Infinergy is investigating the potential to extend an operational wind farm site in Highland. The site, part of the Loch Luichart Estate, is located around 18km northwest of Dingwall.
The context and background in which onshore wind energy schemes in the UK must be developed changed dramatically in 2015, however is looking more positive once again in 2020. The Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROC’s) mechanism has now been closed and its replacement, the Contract for Difference (CfD), was halted for onshore wind energy developments after only one round of support. However in early 2020, the UK Government announced that onshore wind would once more be eligible to bid in to future rounds of CfD, but all developers must still ensure that all new onshore wind farm developments in the UK are financially viable on a ‘zero-subsidy’ basis, as CfD is an auction process and not all projects will be successful. As a consequence, only those onshore wind farms utilising state of the art wind turbine technology, built in the best locations, with high wind speeds and affordable grid and site access routes will be viable in this new and challenging operating environment.
Turbine manufacturers have recognised this new reality, which is not only the case in the UK, but can be seen around the world. As such, manufacturers are working on optimising the generation potential of turbines; by increasing rotor diameters and tip heights and improving the efficiency of generators, to eke out increased performance while at the same time decreasing the unit cost of energy generated.
We are keen to work with the local community. This website aims to share information about the project throughout its development and to invite members of the community to get in touch. We would be delighted to hear from you and value your opinion.
For all submitted documentation on the wind farm proposal, including the latest Supplementary Information submitted in November 2019, please visit the Downloads page.
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