450 MW Neart na Gaoithe Scots windfarm leads Mainstream’s global investments for 2014

 

Eddie O’Connor, Chief Executive, Mainstream Renewable Power
Eddie O’Connor, Chief Executive, Mainstream Renewable Power

 

Irish wind power magnate Eddie O’Connor today unveils his eight utility-scale wind and solar projects which are to reach financial close and begin construction work this year.

The projects, which are spread across four continents – including Scotland –  have a combined capacity of over 1,000 megawatts (MW) and will generate enough electricity to power more than half a million homes.

The largest of the projects, the 450MW Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm in Scotland, is expected to reach financial close this year.

The eight construction-ready projects have spent the past five years being put through the lengthy development process by Mainstream’s team of 180 staff based across 11 offices. The seven onshore wind and solar plant have received all the necessary planning permissions and the grid connections are currently being finalised.

The company already has six wind and solar projects in operation and construction across Ireland, South Africa and Chile.

Eddie O’Connor, Chief Executive, Mainstream Renewables, said: “We are now entering a very intensive growth phase. To put this into context, we are about to start building more megawatts than ESB ever put into construction in Ireland in a single year. We put almost 300 megawatts into construction last year and we have an even larger portfolio of late-stage projects ready to go into construction next year.”

 The Mainstream windfarm developments comprise:

  • 450MW Neart na Gaoithe offshore Wind Farm in Scotland – due to start preliminary construction activities in late 2014
  • 140MW Khobab Wind Farm in South Africa – due to start construction in quarter 3 2014
  • 140MW Loeriesfontein 2 Wind Farm in South Africa – due to start construction in quarter 3 2014
  • 80MW Noupoort Wind Farm in South Africa – due to start construction in quarter 3 2014
  • 27MW San Manuel Wind Farm in Chile – due to start construction in late 2014
  • 43MW Alena Wind Farm in Chile – due to start construction in late 2014
  • 100MW Pedernales Solar PV Farm in Chile – due to start construction in late 2014
  • 46MW Old Man 2 Wind Farm in Canada will have turbines erected in July 2014.

 

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