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A Fair Wind Blows for Energia

September 02

Energia currently has 200MW of contracted wind generation under construction and commissioning throughout Ireland.

Energia has passed two significant project milestones as it moves to become Ireland’s biggest supplier of green energy to business with 840 megawatts of renewable electricity capacity, or 25% of the Irish market.

The company’s €15m, 10 megawatt (MW) wind farm at Corkermore, South Donegal has this week been fully commissioned and taken over by Energia, and is supplying power to businesses around Ireland. The Corkermore facility is powered by 5 state-of-the-art Gamesa wind-powered turbines. Each turbine has a tower height of 60 metres, a blade diameter measuring 80 metres, and has the capacity to produce 2,000 kilowatts of green electricity.

This development has been successfully constructed and has run reliably during its testing and commissioning phase

Energia has also reached full financial close on its 9 MW wind farm at Caherdowney, Macroom, Co Cork.  Civil works have commenced on the site on which four turbines will be erected to be operational early next year. 

In June, Energia opened its 10.2 MW extension to Drumloughhill Wind Farm on the Inishowen Peninsula in Co Donegal.

Energia is a leading all-island player in the provision of renewable power and has been one of the most significant contributors to Ireland’s renewable targets. The company currently has over 300MW of operational windfarms, and a further 540MW in development.

Peter Baillie, Managing Director Energia Renewables, commented; “The wind farms in Corkermore and Caherdowney are important steps for Energia as we move to become the largest supplier of green energy to the Irish business market. Each new wind farm also moves Ireland a step closer to achieving its target of generating 40% of national supply from renewable sources by 2020.”

“As with all our other wind farm developments, both the Caherdowney and Corkemore developments are of significant benefit to the local Cork and Donegal  economies. The developments bring a number of benefits with them including job creation, increased rates for the local authorities and improvements to local infrastructure such as roads. Developing these projects requires considerable co-operation from a large number of local and national stakeholders and Energia appreciates the co-operation and assistance from all stakeholders involved.”

“Energia has consistently been one of the largest investors in the renewable sector, having invested a significant €200 million in the last two years in over 100 MW of wholly owned wind farm developments and supporting €1 billion of investment in 650MW of third party wind farms.”

Energia has a 28% market share of the Irish business electricity and gas market supplying the energy needs of over 65,000 business customers.

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