Donegal windfarm to save some 15,000 tonnes of CO2 annually

5 Apr 2011

Energy provider Energia is in the final stages of building a new 10 megawatt (MW) wind farm in Corkermore, Co Donegal.

The green electricity produced by the plant will be provided to businesses across the country, and save 15,000 tonnes of CO2 each year.

The 10MW of power generated at Corkermore will be produced by five 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 2,000kW of green electricity.

Energia has more than 300MW of operational wind farms, and a further 540MW in development. It has also successfully completed a number of financing rounds for new facilities, including securing more than €115m in funding for more than 100MW of renewable asset development.

Peter Baillie, managing director of Energia Renewables, said the new wind farm at Corkermore will help Ireland achieve its target of generating 40pc of national supply from renewable sources by 2020.

The wind farm will create investment and job opportunities

Baille also said it will help enhance investment and job opportunities in the surrounding area in South Donegal, and create increased rates for Donegal County Council.

“The local communities are also benefitting from infrastructure improvements, income for Killybegs Port, rental income for the landowners, supply of materials and plant hire, as well as hotels and guesthouses providing hospitality to the construction workers. Developing a project like this involves many stakeholders, both individual and statutory, and Energia appreciates the co-operation and assistance from all stakeholders involved,” Baille added.

Energia has 174MW of directly-owned renewable generating assets either fully on-grid or coming on stream on an all-island basis.

The company said it will supply more than 840MW of Ireland’s renewable power, or around 25pc of the Irish renewable market, by 2012.