Smiles all round

February 25

Leading Irish dental clinics Smiles are switching to competitive energy provider Energia in a major new renewable energy deal.

Energia will be supplying over 400 megawatt hours (400MWhrs) of green electricity from its extensive renewable energy portfolio to Smiles 14 clinics around Ireland. Located at Dublin 1, 2 and 4, Bray, Tallaght, Clonshaugh, Enniscorthy, Wexford, Waterford, Cork and Galway, Smiles combines its health products with a renewable energy package giving it a healthy living persona.

Smiles move from conventionally generated electricity to a renewable product will reduce their Co2 emissions by 229 tonnes the equivalent of taking 110, 1400cc cars of the road.

Energia is one of the most significant contributors to the achievement of Ireland’s renewable targets on an all-island basis. By 2012, Energia plans to be the largest independent renewable off-taker on the island of Ireland with 740MW, around 25% of the Irish renewable market. It currently has long-term Power Procurement Agreements (PPAs) in place with 255MW of operating wind farms and other renewables, with a further 485MW scheduled to be operational by 2012. In recent months, Energia has secured over €115m in funding for over 100MW of renewable asset development.

Shane Canavan, Key Account Manager, Energia commented: “Smiles is another example of an Irish business switching to Energia to avail of our competitive energy offering. As well as offering Irish businesses some of the most competitive electricity and gas packages, we also provided exceptional levels of service. Couple this with one of the biggest renewable portfolios in Ireland, and it’s easy to see why we have 25% market share for the business electricity market.”

“Energia’s renewable portfolio has grown steadily in response to the massive increase in demand for “green” power. Recently, we’ve concluded financing deals worth over €115m to fund the construction of 100MW of wind power shows. This will help us to achieve our target of becoming the largest independent supplier of “green” energy by 2012.”

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