Energia’s 95MW windfarm at Meenadreen in south Donegal has officially started supplying power to homes and businesses across Ireland, setting a new Irish record.
The windfarm consists of 38 Nordex N90 2.5 MW turbines turbines and is capable of producing enough electricity to power 100,000 homes. It is the culmination of years of development work and construction, which started in 2014, took 26 months to complete. Energia Renewables has invested 145 million to develop the windfarm, bringing its total investment in wind farms developments to over 500 million. Crucially, Meenadreen will reduce the island’s carbon dioxide emissions by 100,000 tonnes each year.
Meenadreen was financed by loans from NordLB supported by Euler Hermes. Construction works were carried out by Denis Moriarty “the Kerries” Limited and electrical works by Kirby Group limited. Engineering services were provided by Wind Prospect and Jennings O’Donovan, with legal support from Arthur Cox.
“Since 2008 Energia has invested over 350 million in developing and constructing new windfarms” said Peter Baillie, Managing Director of Energia Renewables. “We are very proud to have delivered this large-scale project and to finally see it start supplying energy to homes and businesses around the island of Ireland. We’d like to thank the local community at Leghowney for their support and are delighted that this Meenadreen windfarm will be providing further community funding for the local areas and local authority rates for the lifetime of the windfarms”.
Energia Renewables is among Ireland's leading providers of sustainable green energy supplying 25 percent of Ireland’s wind power to homes and businesses. The company currently supplies almost 1 GW of renewable energy, with more on the way.