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Scottish govt gives thumbs-up to 21-turbine wind farm

Wind turbines in Scotland. Author: Gary Denham. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic

June 24 (Renewables Now) - The Scottish government has approved the proposed Limekiln wind farm project, which has a grid connection contract for 90 MW, in the county of Caithness in the extreme north of Scotland, the project developers said Monday.

Canada’s Boralex Inc (TSE:BLX) and Infinergy of the UK said in a joint statement that the project will have 21 turbines installed. The renewables developer duo will be selecting the wind turbine technology in the coming months. According to Infinergy’s website, the total installed capacity will depend on the choice of the wind turbine.

The partners are looking to sign corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs) to ensure a favourable financing arrangement.

Boralex and Infinergy expect to launch construction in 2021 and bring the wind farm online before the end of 2022. Once Limekiln is fully operational, it will be capable of generating enough electricity to power at least 39,500 households. Up to 10% of the project will be made available to the local community as a shared ownership opportunity, the companies said.

Boralex and Infinergy announced teaming up in a 50/50 joint venture (JV) in October 2017. The partners are targeting 325 MW of onshore wind projects, mainly located in Scotland.

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