Energia Renewables powers on
Posted on Tuesday, 06 March 2012
Energia is the largest independent energy supplier in Ireland, supplying gas and electricity to over 65,000 businesses across the island.
As part of our commitment to the environment, Energia Renewables has invested €200 million in developing renewable sources of energy through its portfolio of ten wind farms. This includes their most recent projects at Corkermore Wind Farm in County Donegal, Crighshane and Church Hill in County Tyrone, and Caherdowney Wind Farm in County Cork.
Corkermore Wind Farm is now fully operational, whilst Caherdowney Wind Farm is currently under construction and is on schedule to be energised in April 2012, around the same time as Crighshane and Church Hill.
Energia is one of Ireland's leading providers of sustainable energy green and will shortly have 550MW of operational renewable electricity capacity contracted within the energy portfolio, with a further 290MW of wind farm projects currently in development across Ireland. 75% of this portfolio is contracted with third party windfarms, giving Energia the broadest windfarm coverage in Ireland. Overall Energia has a 25% market share of wind generation throughout Ireland under contract.
Corkermore Wind Farm
Corkermore Wind Farm was constructed on a Class 2 wind site in County Donegal and comprises five Gamesa G80 turbines with a combined capacity of 10MW. Each has a hub height of 60 metres, a rotor diameter of 80 metres and a tip height of 100 metres. In total the €15 million wind farm has the potential to power up to 10,000 homes.
Construction was completed in August 2011, with Belfast-based Lagan Construction as the main civil works contractor and Powerteam Electrical Services responsible for the electrical fit-out works.
Energia Renewables Projects Manager, Brendan McGarr, said:
“There are a couple of smaller wind farms in the vicinity of Corkermore Wind Farm but in terms of the size and scale there’s nothing quite like this one in the area.”
“We chose this particular site because it offered good prevailing winds coming in off the Atlantic Ocean and because the high mountains to the west help to mask the turbines from public view. The site was assessed and wind measurements were taken and although the wind speeds are lower than a Class 1 site, it was decided that it would make a viable location.
“We then chose to use Gamesa G80 turbines as they have a large rotor diameter and so are particularly suited for use on Class 2 wind sites where they can be used to generate more energy.”
Caherdowney Wind Farm
Caherdowney Wind Farm is currently nearing completion of construction on a Class 1 site in County Cork and comprises four wind turbines with a combined capacity of 9.2MW. The turbines are Enercon E70 models with a hub height of 64.5 metres and a rotor diameter of 70 metres.
Work started on the €14 million project in June 2011 and Lagan Construction was once again contracted to conduct the main civil works for the project. The site was chosen due to its high average wind speeds and once the wind farm is fully operational it will be capable of powering up to 9,200 homes.
Brendan McGarr said:
“On both Corkermore and Caherdowney we’ve received a lot of support from local residents and we’re very thankful for this. The development of both wind farms is a very positive step forward for renewable energy in Ireland and this is something that is very important to us.”
“All of our wind farm developments bring significant benefits to the local economies, including job creation, increased rates for the local authorities and improvements to local infrastructure such as roads. “
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