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Section 36 Application Submitted

December 2018

An application, under Section 36 of the Electricity Act, for the proposed Shepherds’ Rig Wind Farm has now been submitted to the Energy Consents Unit of the Scottish Government for consideration.  The proposal, for up to 19 wind turbines along with a battery storage facility, will now go through a period of consultation with statutory consultees including Dumfries and Galloway Council and Scottish Natural Heritage as well as the general public.  The consultation period will run for longer than is formally required until Friday 1st March 2019 in order to ensure everyone who has an interest has the opportunity to consider the proposal and make comment if they wish.

All of the application documents, including the formal advertisement, are available to download here and are also available to view in hard copy at the Carsphairn Shop and Tearoom during opening hours.  A copy will also be available to view at the Dumfries and Galloway Council planning office in Dumfries and at the Scottish Government Library in Edinburgh.  If you would like a hard copy of the Non-technical Summary document or a CD containing all of the application documents, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or freephone 0800 980 4299.

Project Update

NOVEMBER 2018

Following the Carsphairn Community Council Meeting at the end of September where Infinergy were asked to offer 1-2-1 visits to properties in close proximity to Shepherds’ Rig, we wrote to all of the properties within 2 km of the site and offered to visit.  A number of households have taken up this offer so far and we have further visits to do this month.  We have also been able to provide the Topos wireline visualisation to a number of local residents who weren’t able to attend the open days.  Work on the Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR) continues and we expect to submit the application for Shepherds’ Rig before the end of the year.

Environmental Impact Assessment work on the Stroanshalloch wind farm project has however ceased following a review of the project, which concluded that it was no longer viable.

Shepherds Rig and Stroanshalloch back on the table

March 2018

As part of the new joint venture with Boralex, Infinergy has re-energised plans for both Shepherds Rig and Stroanshalloch Wind Farm developments.

The projects were put on hold back in 2014 due to uncertainties in the political, planning and policy landscapes, but with a view to progressing them further when circumstances allowed. Infinergy has now taken the decision to revive them and will submit revised Scoping Reports to the relevant planning authorities shortly.

Documents relating to the Scoping Report for both projects will be available in the Downloads section of this website and community consultation is expected to take place later this year.

Community Open Days

August 2018

Community Open Days for both Shepherds' Rig Wind Farm and Stroanshalloch Wind Farm proposals will take place between 2pm and 7pm on Wednesday 12th September in the Lagwyne Hall in Carsphairn and on Thursday 13th September at the Glencairn Memorial Institute in Moniaive.

Project team members will be on hand to answer questions and discuss any issues relating to the proposals.

Boralex and Infinergy announce joint venture for 325 MW onshore wind in the UK

February 2018

Renewable energy developers Boralex Inc. (TSX: BLX) from Canada and UK-based Infinergy are pleased to announce the execution of a 50-50 joint venture agreement, aimed at developing a pipeline of onshore wind projects essentially located in Scotland for a total estimated capacity of 325 MW. The joint venture comprises a pipeline of 10 wind projects varying from 6 to 80 MW and would allow Boralex to acquire or resell the projects over the coming years. The projects are at different stages of development, from early stage to being on the verge of full authorization.

“With Scotland’s strong political will to support the growth of all its renewable energy sources, we are excited to start working with our new partners Infinergy,” said Patrick Lemaire, President and Chief Executive Officer of Boralex. “We are confident that Boralex will be able to contribute its unparalleled experience as a wind developer to complement Infinergy’s. We share the common objectives to develop, build and operate as many projects as possible over the next 5 to 7 years.”

“Working together with Boralex enables Infinergy to continue its successful track record of developing onshore wind energy projects, said Esbjörn Wilmar, Chief Executive of Infinergy Ltd. We are very pleased to team up with a new partner who shares our positive outlook on renewable energy in general and the opportunities for onshore wind in Scotland in particular.”

Infinergy has delivered more than 350 MW of onshore wind projects in the UK, achieving an 80% success rate to date. To achieve the development phase of the projects, Boralex and Infinergy have committed to investing a total of £6.6m ($Cdn 10.9M) until the end of 2019 (£5.5m for Boralex or $Cdn 9.1M). With close to 70 MW of other wind projects already being developed by Boralex in Scotland, this joint venture allows the company to materially increase its future footprint as well as taking advantage of the significant Scottish wind resource. Infinergy will act as the principal developer of the joint venture projects.

The joint venture reaffirms Boralex’s belief in the long-term sustainability for wind and renewable energy development in Europe. Facing declining state subsidies for wind energy all around Europe, the choice to focus on Scotland, knowing it possesses the most favorable wind conditions in Europe, made it very logical both strategically and tactically.