Chicago-based developer starts electricity generation at new Highlands wind farm

Official opening ceremony at Corriegarth wind farm
Official opening ceremony at Corriegarth wind farm

EXCLUSIVE by Scottish Energy News

Chicago-based clean energy company Invenergy has held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its Corriegarth wind farm, some 20 miles south-west of Inverness.

The 69.5 megawatt farm comprises 23 x 3.0 megawatt wind turbines. Enercon is operating the windfarm under a long-term service and turbine maintenance agreement, with project management and engineering support to be provided by Wind Prospect Operations.

Nevis Environmental will be responsible for the environmental management of the site.

Invenergy and its affiliated companies have developed more than 15,900 megawatts of projects that are in operation, construction or advanced development, including wind, solar, natural gas-fuelled power generation and energy storage projects.

“This is the second wind farm we have developed in Scotland, and we are excited to officially celebrate the start of operations today,” said Invenergy’s EVP and Chief Commercial Officer Jim Shield.

“Scotland has tremendous wind resources, and we are pleased to provide clean energy and local economic benefits to the region.”

The project achieved commercial operations under the power purchase agreement in May of 2017. Corriegarth achieved Renewable Obligation Certificates accreditation in September 2016 and has entered into a 15-year power purchase agreement with a leading U.K. utility.

The Corriegarth project will benefit the local community through an annual contribution of charitable funds to the Stratherrick and Foyers Community Trust.

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