Innogy has acquired its first onshore wind farm in the Republic of Ireland with the purchase of the 10.2MW Drommada Beg wind project.
Construction for the onshore wind farm will begin this month with commissioning scheduled for 2018.
CEO innogy SE, Peter Terium said, “During our IPO last year we underlined our intention to increase our renewables-based generation portfolio by entering new markets. These concrete activities now fulfil that promise. With the Dromadda Beg project we are taking a first step towards entering the promising Irish onshore wind market, thereby implementing our expansion strategy. Ireland is an exciting market for us and I am very pleased to have made our first acquisition there, which is to be followed by others.”
Chief Operating Officer Renewables of innogy SE, Hans Bünting said, “innogy has extensive experience developing, building and operating renewable facilities – on its own and together with partners. We want to drive our activities in Ireland through the acquisition of existing onshore wind projects as well as through the development of new projects.”
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) will supply the wind farm with three of its SWT-3.4-101 turbines, which will be the largest capacity turbines that Ireland has seen so far.
Innogy Renewables Ireland managing director, Cathal Hennessy said: “We plan to grow our onshore wind business to include greenfield developments and consented sites right through to the acquisition of operational wind farms.”