Irish wind-vestment fund bags brace of Scots turbine farms in €150 million deal

Rosheen McGuckian
Rosheen McGuckian

A Dublin-based wind power developer and investment fund has bought two onshore farms in Scotland and a third in the Republic of Ireland as part of a deal worth than €150 million.

The assets acquired include two projects under construction in each of County Kerry, Ireland (17.5MW) and in Dumfries and Galloway, (35MW) (“Airies”), together with an 11.5MW operational project (“Ardoch and Over Enoch”), in East Renfrewshire.

The acquisition of three projects – with a combined capacity of 64-MW – brings the total amount of assets under management for its NTR Wind 1 Fund up to 142-MW.

The vendor of the two Scottish projects is Velocita Energy Developments, which – through Greenock-based 2020 Renewables – will manage the construction of Airies on NTR’s behalf.

Element Power, the vendor of the Kerry project, will manage the construction and long-term asset management of the project on NTR’s behalf.

Airies wind farm foundations
Airies wind farm foundations

The Airies project, which comprises fourteen GE 2.85MW 103 turbines, is expected to be commissioned at the end of this year; while the project in Kerry, comprising seven Nordex N90 2.5MW turbines, is expected to be operational in Q4 2017.  The Ardoch and Over Enoch project, comprising five Siemens 2.3MW turbines, has been in operation since 2014.

NTR’s €670m Wind-1 Fund invests in onshore wind projects in Ireland and the UK.  

Rosheen McGuckian, NTR Chief Executive, said: “We are making excellent progress in identifying and acquiring assets for this fund.  

“The fund is ahead of target and currently owns 70-MW in Great Britain and 72-MW in the Irish single electricity market putting us in a strong position to assess opportunities for our second sustainable infrastructure fund for next year.

“Our approach is to acquire mid-size projects typically between 10MW and 40MW in size and we continue to see a sufficient pipeline of quality assets to complete our target of €250 million of equity investments between now and 2017.

“We remain positive about the fundamentals for the UK and Irish renewables markets for the investment period of this fund, despite recent regulatory changes for onshore wind in the UK. “

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