innogy SE officially opens its first wind farm in Ireland
- Successfully implements growth strategy into new markets
- Construction of Dromadda Beg onshore wind farm sets the scene for further ambitions in Ireland
- Current development portfolio in Ireland of around 800MW
Leading energy company innogy SE is advancing its renewables expansion strategy and move into new markets: as today, it officially opened its first wind farm in Ireland. This is in the same week that construction was completed on the 32MW Mynydd y Gwair onshore wind farm located in Wales. And for the 26MW Bad á Cheo Wind Farm in Scotland innogy plans to start operations in due course.
Successful market entry in the Republic of Ireland
Dromadda Beg is a three wind turbine site in County Kerry in the southwest of the Republic of Ireland. The 10.2 megawatts (MW) plant started operations end of 2018.
Hans Bünting, Chief Operating Officer (COO) Renewables at innogy SE: “I am pleased to officially open Dromadda Beg wind farm – our first project in Ireland. These three wind turbines are the proof that our decision for the Irish market entrance three years ago was the right one. We plan further long-term investments in this promising wind market, supporting the Irish Government to achieve its climate change and renewable energy targets.”
Current development portfolio in Ireland of around 800MW
Besides further onshore wind farms and storage facilities in Ireland innogy SE has taken the lead in developing Dublin Array offshore project. In 2018 innogy SE partnered with Irish company Saorgus Energy to continue the development of the planned 600MW project located in the Irish Sea, off the coast of Dublin. The partners are currently undertaking technical studies to further progress the development through to planning consent. This phase of development is led by innogy SE with support from Saorgus Energy.
Continuous growth in the UK
In the United Kingdom, innogy SE already has an operating portfolio of nearly two gigawatts of installed renewable energy capacity, and is one of the most important operators of wind power plants. The company is continuing to strengthen this position with a further portfolio of one gigawatt of wind projects under construction and an extensive development pipeline.
“The UK is one of our key markets. I am proud of the role we are already playing in the UK, and we have very ambitious growth plans to continue to support the UK renewable energy industry even further”, Hans Bünting explains.
In Scotland, innogy SE is already operating five onshore wind farms and has recently completed construction of its 26.65MW Bad á Cheò Wind Farm, which was consented in May 2014 and awarded a CfD in February 2015. All of the 13 Senvion MM92 turbines are now installed and expect to achieve full commercial operation in due course.
In Wales innogy SE has a strong footprint with three offshore and one onshore wind farm in operation and two further onshore wind farms under construction. Mynydd y Gwair is a 32.8MW project made up of 16 onshore turbines located in South Wales. All 16 turbines are generating. Ongoing commissioning and reinstatement works continue. The 27 turbines at the 96MW Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm in North Wales is currently receiving component deliveries to site with the first turbine expected to be installed at the end of this month. innogy SE plans to complete the project at the end of 2019.
More than half of innogy’s operating wind portfolio in the UK is located in England, where the company is currently building Triton Knoll offshore wind farm (ca. 860 MW, innogy stake 59%). Preparations for offshore works are underway, with the start of fabrication of the offshore foundations and array and export cables. The installation of the 90 turbines is anticipated to begin at the end of this year/ beginning of 2020. Start of commissioning is expected in 2021. Once fully operational, Triton Knoll will be capable of generating enough renewable energy for the equivalent of over 800,000 average UK households.