Renewable energy firm Infinergy said it is bitterly disappointed at the Scottish Government’s decision to reject its 24 turbine-turbine wind farm at Limekiln, south of Reay in Caithness on the basis of “insufficient information” relating to the East Haladale Flows wild land area.
Esbjorn Wilmar, Managing Director of Dorset-based Infinergy said: “Ministers have missed a huge opportunity to contribute to the renewable energy targets they themselves have set in Government.
“The announcement of this decision comes at a time where the onshore wind industry has been badly bruised with other recent negative UK Government announcements, including the removal of the LEC, the early closure of the ROC and the continued uncertainty around the CfD.
“This, combined with a hugely expensive and time consuming planning process, the outcome of which is entirely unpredictable and the fact that multi-million pound grid securities must be provided before planning consent is forthcoming, makes it now very difficult to provide a compelling business case to shareholders for further investment into renewable energy developments in the UK.”
Infinergy will now consider its options going forward with this project, and ‘may’ seek judicial review.