Energia’s new €14m wind farm to power more than 9,000 homes

8 May 2012

Energia's new Caherdowney wind farm is nearing completion

Energia is finishing the build of its latest wind farm, Caherdowney, located near Ireland’s Cork-Kerry border.

The €14m wind farm at Caherdowney in Co Cork will have the capacity to produce 9.2MW of renewable power from its four wind turbines, according to the independent energy supplier.

The turbines being used in the build are Enercon E70 models with a hub height of 64.5 metres and a rotor blade diameter of 70 metres.

The company said the Caherdowney site was chosen because of its high average wind speeds. It said once the wind farm is fully operational it will be capable of powering up to 9,200 homes.

Energia said it will shortly have 550MW of operational renewable electricity capacity contracted within its energy portfolio.

The company also indicated it has a further 290MW of wind farm projects in development across Ireland, with 75pc of this portfolio contracted with third-party wind farms.

Peter Baillie, managing director, Energia Renewables, said the company has invested €200m in developing renewable sources of energy through its portfolio of 10 wind farms.

Energia’s most recent projects include the Corkermore and Drumloughill wind farms in Co Donegal, in addition to Crighshane and Church Hill in Co Tyrone.

“On all of these projects we’ve received a lot of support from local residents and we’re very thankful for this,” said Baillie.

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic