ENGIE’s 10MW Cairnborrow Wind Farm Begins Generating Electricity

ENGIE has begun operation of the 10MW Cairnborrow Wind Farm, located 6km north west of Huntly in Aberdeenshire.

The wind farm, comprising five turbines, is expected to generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of over 5,700 homes and will save in the region of 262,000 tonnes of CO2 over its 25 year lifetime.

The initial four turbine project received consent from Aberdeenshire Council in August 2014, with consent for a fifth turbine given in June of 2015.  The wind farm began construction in August 2015.

Local communities in the area will also directly benefit from the project. ENGIE will provide either a guaranteed annual payment of £5,000 for each megawatt of installed generation capacity or 10% of the profits (whichever is the higher value) as a community benefit fund.  This means an annual minimum payment of £50,000 will be made available, totalling at least £1,250,000 over the 25 year lifetime of the wind farm.

The funding will be administered via the company’s partnership with the Huntly and District Development Trust (HDDT), who will work with local communities to ensure that the operational profits from the wind farm are invested in agreed schemes and initiatives.

Rob Tate, Renewables Development Director, said:

‘We are delighted to announce that Cairnborrow Wind Farm is now generating clean electricity and helping Scotland meet both its energy needs and its decarbonisation targets. We now look forward to continuing our work with the Huntly and District Development Trust to ensure that local people benefit from the generation of renewable energy as well.’

The Cairnborrow Wind Farm development, ENGIE’s most recent renewable energy project in the UK, is part of ENGIE’s broader 85MW renewable energy portfolio which includes solar capacity in addition to onshore wind.  The company also owns and operates First Hydro, the 2GW pumped storage facility in North Wales.