The Scottish Government has given its approval for the construction of a new windfarm at Limekiln in Caithness.

UK-based renewable energy company Infinergy and French producer of onshore wind power Boralex are the project developers.

Located 2.8km South of Dounreay power station, the proposed windfarm will feature 21 turbines. It already has a grid connection contract in place for 90MW.

Boralex’s president and CEO Patrick Lemaire said: “The Limekiln Wind Farm is our first project in Scotland, and we are delighted to be making our first step in diversifying our portfolio across Europe.

“We believe this project will contribute to reduce carbon emissions to help meet the Scottish Government’s ambitious electricity generation targets and also provide significant investment and economic benefits to the local area as well as helping address the very real climate emergency we all face.

“We look forward to taking this project forward toward the next steps of financing, construction and operation.”

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The developers are looking to sign corporate power purchase agreements (PPA) in order to better manage the funding of this project.

Construction works are expected to begin in 2021 and Limekiln Wind Farm will be operational by 2022. The wind farm is expected to generate enough electricity to power at least 39,500 homes.

In October 2017 Infinergy and Boralex executed a 50-50 joint venture agreement to develop a pipeline of onshore wind projects in Scotland, including the Limekiln windfarm project.

Infinergy managing director Esbjorn Wilmar said: “We are delighted that the Scottish Government has given consent to Limekiln windfarm.

“We always knew that the site was an excellent one, and would ultimately prove its credentials, which includes being sited outside a wild land area, through the planning process.”