Airtricity wins green energy award for third year running

27 Apr 2011

For the third year in a row, energy group Airtricity has won the national Green Energy Award 2011 and has also been ranked as the Most Reputable Energy Company in Ireland for the second year in a row.

Airtricity entered the domestic energy supply market in July 2009 and now supplies more than 500,000 domestic customers in Ireland with gas and electricity.

The expert panel of judges believed Airtricity’s generation of more than 500 megawatts (MW) of wind energy was “phenomenal”. It also cited the company’s commitment to increasing that capacity as demonstration of its leadership in green energy.

From its foundation in 1997 to the end of its current financial year (1 April 2011), Airtricity has invested €1bn in renewable energy in Ireland – an investment that is unmatched by any other energy company in the Irish energy sector.

Ireland’s largest wind generation portfolio

Airtricity is powered from Ireland’s largest wind generation portfolio, which comprises renewable energy from 25 wind farms across the country, including power from Ireland’s largest wind farm, the 72 MW Meentycat Wind Farm in Co Donegal.

According to Airtricity CEO Kevin Greenhorn, 66pc of the electricity supplied by Airtricity to its electricity customers comes from renewable sources. This compares with just 12pc of renewable sourced electricity from ESB Electric Ireland and 8pc from Bord Gáis Energy.

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