Wednesday, October 17 10:25:27
The Irish Infrastructure Fund and Energia have jointly opened two new wind farms at Killeter, Co. Tyrone in an investment worth E74m.
The wind farms on Crighshane and Church Hill will generate 50.6 megawatts (MW).
The wind farms are majority owned by the Irish Infrastructure Fund established by Irish Life Investment Managers and managed by AMP Capital.
They were developed and operated by Energia Renewables And the electricity generated is being sold to business customers throughout Ireland by Energia.
Peter Baillie, Managing Director, Energia Renewables said the latest additions are clear evidence of Energia's commitment to renewable energy.
"We are delighted to be opening the 50.6MW wind farms today. Along with other recent wind farms at Corkemore (Killybegs, Co. Donegal) and Drumlough Hill (Ballyliffin, Co. Donegal) and Caherdowney (Millstreet, Co. Cork), it is proof of Energia's ongoing commitment to invest in and develop renewable energy," said Mr Baillie.
"The company has consistently been one of the largest investors in the renewable sector," says Mr Baillie. "We have invested E200 million in the last two years in over 100MW of wind farm developments and we are also supporting third party wind generator investments of E600m in more than 450MW of wind farms throughout Ireland through long-term off-take agreements" he said.
"We want to extend a big thank you to the local community for the support it has given these wind farms; this is another very positive and significant step forward for renewable energy on the island of Ireland and local support for the project is a key element to their success."