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Energia make Renewable progress

November 01

Energia is among Ireland's leading providers of sustainable energy green with 440MW of operational renewable electricity capacity contracted within its energy portfolio, with a further 400MW of wind farm projects currently in development across Ireland. Energia currently has 22% of wind generation throughout Ireland under contract.

In addition Energia Renewables currently has a further 140MW of contracted wind generation under construction and commissioning throughout Ireland next year which will increase its share of wind generation to around 25%.

Their wind farm at Corkermore was fully commissioned in September. This 10 megawatt facility is powered by 5 Gamesa G80 wind 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.

Also in May Energia reached full financial close on its 9 MW wind farm at Caherdowney, Macroom, Co Cork. Civil works are well advanced on the site on which four Enercon E70 turbines will be erected to be operational early next year. 

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

In Northern Ireland Energia Renewables 50MW Wind Farms at Crighshane and Churchhill will have 22 Enercon E70 turbines erected early in 2012.

Energia Renewables also has a significant near term pipeline, with its 90MW Meenadreen Extension project in Donegal (joint venture with Coillte) and 9MW Hollyford project in Tipperary expected to commence construction in the first half of 2012. In addition Energia Renewables has 12MW of consented projects in NI also expected to commence construction in the near term.

Peter Baillie, Managing Director Energia Renewables, commented; “As with all our other wind farm developments, the Caherdowney, Corkemore and Drumloughill, developments are of significant benefit to the local Cork and Donegal economies. North of the border, this is also the case for Crigshane and Churchhill in county Tyrone. 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 2 years in over 100MW of wholly owned wind farm developments and supporting €1 billion of investment in 540MW of third party wind farms to date.”

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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