Galway firm C&F wins €15m wind turbine deal in Italy

5 Dec 2013

San Michele Church in Alghero seen through old backstreets. Image copyright Gabriele Maltinti/Shutterstock

Galway-based C&F Green Energy has secured a deal worth more than €15m to sell wind turbines to one of Italy’s leading suppliers of green energy, Graziella Green Power, to power thousands of households.

C&F will ship the first of the 60KW turbines to Graziella Green Power during the first quarter of 2014 and the full consignment will be delivered by the middle of the following year.

Around 20 of the units will be installed on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, while the remainder will be deployed in the south of Italy.

“They’ll feed into the local grid, generating approximately 11,350 megawatt-hours per year, and providing clean energy for more than 3,500 local Italian households – an impressive illustration of exactly how renewable energy should work.”

John Flaherty, CEO of C&F Green Energy, said the total power generated by the turbines will lead directly to a substantial reduction of as much as 6,000 tons of carbon dioxide a year – or 2,100 TOE (tons of oil equivalent) per year.

‘Irish manufacturing is alive and well’ – Enterprise Ireland

The deal was signed today at a special reception at the Irish embassy in Rome hosted by ambassador Bobby McDonagh, in association with Enterprise Ireland.

“We have had a long-standing and fruitful relationship with C&F and we are delighted to see them secure this valuable contract with Graziella Green Power,” said Kevin Sherry, director of International Sales and Partnering at Enterprise Ireland.

C&F won the Graziella contract against stiff competition from five competitors from the United States and Italy.

“This is further proof that Irish manufacturing is alive and well, winning business all over the world, and developing the experience that allows it to grow and compete globally,” Sherry added.

Sardinia image via Shutterstock

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years