EDF Renewables seek to expand wind farm sites in Scotland

Fallago Rig wind farm
Fallago Rig wind farm

EDF Renewables – part of the state-owned French nuclear generating giant –  is seeking to extend the operating life of its Fallago Rig wind farm near Edinburgh.

The 48-turbine farm at Lauder in the Borders was approved despite a six-year opposition campaign. It was granted permission to operate for 25 years but EDF Energy now wants to bring that into line with a proposed second stage of the development.

If granted this would effectively extend its operational life by five years.

Meanwhile, EDF is taking on the development of the Dorenell Wind Farm, which is one of the largest onshore wind projects due to be built in Scotland.

EDF Energy Renewables will develop and construct the project working with the renewable energy company Infinergy.

The site, near Dufftown in Moray, has been developed by Infinergy. Consent for a 59-turbine wind farm with a capacity of up to 177MW was granted by the Scottish Government in December 2011.

Following improvements in the latest available turbine technology, applications for a redesign of the currently consented project have been submitted to boost to the amount of renewable electricity produced from the site. If successful this would see the wind farm’s installed capacity increased to approximately 200MW.

Once built, Dorenell could produce enough electricity for up to 138,000 homes. Grid connection is planned for 2018. Over the coming years, EDF Energy Renewables will continue, with the support of Infinergy, to develop the project and progress its construction as soon as possible.

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