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Donegal joins worldwide celebration

June 17

Donegal is officially joining in the worldwide celebrations of Global Wind Day with the opening of Energia’s new 10.2 megawatt (MW) extension to the Drumloughhill Wind Farm.

The extension was officially opened by Minister of State Dinny McGinley T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht this morning, Friday the 17 June 2011 at an event at Drumloughhill Wind Farm attended by local councilors, officials and businesspeople. The 10.2 megawatt (MW) wind farm is owned by Energia and the ‘off take’ electricity is sold to business customers around Ireland.

The opening is part of two open days being hosted by Energia on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th this week at the wind farm to mark Global Wind Energy Day. Local school children and members of the public are visiting the windfarm for the Open Day events which include tours of the wind farms generators, hand painting of the turbines and presentations on the technology and impact of wind power. The event was attended by school children from a number of local schools including Buncrana National School, Scoil Iosagain, Gaelscoil Bhun Crannach and St Brigid’s School.

Speaking at the opening, Minister Dinny McGinley T.D. said, “Ireland has one of the best wind resources in all of Europe, as most of us will know from day to day life. The bulk of our overall renewable energy target will be met through wind. We have made great strides in Ireland in the last decade in increasing our use of renewable energy. Companies such as Energia are playing an important role in developing renewable energy projects that contribute to our objectives on energy and climate change.

Peter Baillie, Managing Director, Energia Renewables commented, “We are delighted to be opening the 10.2MW extension to Drumloughhill Wind Farm today. Along with our new 10MW wind farm at Corkemore, it is proof of Energia’s ongoing commitment to invest in and develop renewable energy.”

“The company has consistently been one of the largest investors in the renewable sector and invested a significant €200 million in the last 2 years   in over 100MW of wholly owned windfarm developments and has supported third party wind generator investments of €600m in over 370MW of wind farms throughout Ireland.”

Tom Gillen, Chief Operating Officer, commented, “Energia is proud to be one of Ireland’s leading low-carbon-intensity energy suppliers, with over 300MW of operational wind farms, and a further 540MW in development. This is set to increase to over 840MW of Ireland’s renewable power, or around 25% of the Irish renewable market, by 2013. This puts us at the top of list of those helping Ireland reach the targets of sourcing 40% of our energy from renewable sources by 2020.”

Energia has a 28% market share of the Irish business electricity and gas market supplying the energy needs of over 65,000 business customers. In addition to renewable assets, the company also operates a 750MW gas fired power station in north Dublin.

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