16 January 2013

Eneco acquires six-turbine Lochluichart Wind Farm extension from Infinergy

Eneco image - Eneco Lochluichart Guy Madgwick and Lady Eliza Leslie Melville
Guy Madgwick, Director of Eneco UK and Lady Eliza Leslie Melville on the Lochluichart Wind Farm site. 
Renewable energy company Eneco, is already in the process of constructing the existing 17 turbine, 51MW Lochluichart Wind Farm which is due to be commissioned by the end of 2013. The 18MW extension will be constructed alongside and increase the generating capacity of the project to 69MW, equivalent to the annual domestic electricity needs of 37,000 homes1.

The extension also signifies an enhanced community benefit offering. At present, the wind farm provides a community fund of £2,750 per MW per year that will be administered by the Lochluichart Community Trust and be used to support local projects. In addition to this, local residents will now be invited to register with LEO, a not for profit membership organisation.
Through membership, each household is eligible to receive green electricity at a discounted rate and households in the Garve & District Community Area have the option to receive a rebate of £250 a year on their electricity bills. The investment will be equivalent to the existing scheme of £2,750 per MW with any remaining funds being added to the benefit fund. Eneco has also undertaken to provide opportunities for local contractors and suppliers resulting in an estimated £3.5m investment in the local area. Guy Madgwick, Director of Eneco UK said: “Eneco is pleased to have secured the rights to develop the extension to the Lochluichart Wind Farm. We are looking forward to the prospect of commissioning the project at the end of this year and realising the benefits both locally and nationally in support of the Scottish Government’s renewable targets.” Construction of the six-turbine extension will begin immediately and tie in with a completion date, for the entire project, for the end of the year. 1Based on a CO2 reduction per annum figure of 430g/Kwh*, an average annual household electricity consumption figure of 4,266kWh** and Capacity Factor figure of 26.35***. * www.renewableuk.com/en/renewable-energy/wind-energy/uk-wind-energy-database/figures-explained.cfm ** DECC Databook 2011 (on the average annual household electricity consumption statistics) *** www.renewableuk.com/en/renewable-energy/wind-energy/uk-wind-energy-database/figures-explained.cfm ---
About Infinergy Ltd: Infinergy is a wind farm development company committed to the increase of renewable energy to help preserve our planet. Infinergy develops onshore wind farms throughout the UK. Infinergy is a full subsidiary of KDE Energy of the Netherlands, a renewable energy business developing onshore wind projects across Europe. For more information,please visit www.infinergy.co.uk and www.kde-energy.com. About LEO: LEO is a not-for-profit membership organisation, which will be run by local residents. LEO’s main purpose is to provide households near the wind farm with green electricity at a reduced rate. Infinergy set up this concept in response to public consultation on various wind farm developments where numerous residents expressed an interest in attaining electricity from the wind farm and reducing their electricity bills. Revenue from the wind farm is used to provide the households in closest proximity with a £250 rebate on their annual green electricity bill for 25 years (the lifetime of the project). Rebates that are not taken up by eligible households flow back into a traditional Community Benefit Fund to provide funding for community projects, to be decided by the LEO board members.  For more information:
Freephone 0800 862 0215
info@localenergyorganisation.org Source: Eneco