Welcome to Infinergy’s Lochluichart Windfarm Extension II
Scotland leads the way in harnessing renewable energy sources. However, the set target of 100% of electricity from renewables by 2020 cannot be met without further development. Ways to ensure the landscape, itself a vital part of our economy, can accommodate this include 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 has changed. The Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROC’s) mechanism has now been closed and its replacement, the Contract for Difference, is unlikely to be available for onshore wind energy developments in the future. It is envisaged that all new onshore wind farm developments in the UK will now be required to be financially viable on a ‘zero-subsidy’ basis. 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.