Ireland’s largest wind farm, Meenadreen, is fully operational and has started to supply electricity to homes and businesses, while setting a new Irish record.
The 95MW wind farm is located in south Donegal, and consists of 38 Nordex N90 2.5MW turbines producing enough energy for 50,000 homes and reducing carbon emissions by 100,000 tonnes per annum.
Meenadreen was started back in 2014 and Energia Renewables (the company behind the wind farm) has invested roughly €145 million. Energia Renewables is a leading provider of green energy in Ireland, producing almost 1GW of renewable energy in total and 25% of the country’s wind power.
According to the company, ‘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.’
Managing Director of Energia Renewables, Peter Baillie said, “Since 2008 Energia has invested over €350m in developing and constructing new windfarms. 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.”