EDF has announced it is to take on the development of one of the largest onshore wind farms in Scotland.
The wind farm in Moray has so far been developed by Infinergy with consent for a 59-turbine wind farm with a capacity of up to 177MW granted in 2011. Now a new application has been submitted for a redesign that will increase capacity to around 200MW – enough electricity for up to 138,000 homes.
EDF Energy chief executive Vincent de Rivaz said: “Today’s announcement, just weeks before the international conference on climate change in Paris, confirms EDF Energy’s commitment to lead in UK investment in low carbon electricity. That means investment in wind and nuclear electricity generation with an increasing focus on the development of Scottish renewables.
“In taking on the development of the largest planned onshore wind project in Scotland, we intend to boost its output using our world-leading research and development expertise. This expertise is dedicated to building a low carbon future in the UK and covers activities from electricity generation to energy efficiency in customers’ homes and workplaces.”
EDF Energy Renewables is a joint venture between EDF Energy and EDF Energies Nouvelles, the renewable arm of the EDF Group.
EDF Energies Nouvelles chief executive Antoine Cahuzac added: “This deal underlines EDF Energies Nouvelles’ continuing ambitions to develop our business in Scotland and our major ambition in renewable energy.
“With around 700MW of wind projects in construction and operation in the UK as well as a large portfolio in development, EDF Energy Renewables is keen to work with Infinergy to start the building of this great project and progress the planning applications.”