SSE’s Airtricity subsidiary has agreed a 15 year contract to buy the electricity generated from the biggest wind farm developed so far in N. Ireland.
The power will be generated by the 46MWp Bann Road project – the biggest solar farm realised so far in the Province.
Bann Road is one of a fleet of seven solar farms – capable of achieving a total output of 76MWp – now connected to the UK Grid by BayWa r.e. The German developer has financed all of the projects and will likely sell the solar farms in the course of the year.
Matthias Taft, Board Member of BayWa AG, responsible for the energy business, commented: “After realising 130MWp last year, we have continued our success this year
“And – despite the declining feed-in tariff – we’ve been able to implement a total plant output of more than 460MW to date in the solar, wind and bioenergy sectors across the UK.
“Moving forward, we are increasingly focusing on the O&M sector where we already service plants with an output of over 620MW in the UK. The recent acquisition of Green Hedge Operation Services puts us in prime position as the UK market consolidates and investors search for experienced O&M providers who can optimise their assets.”
SSE Airtricity is Northern Ireland’s second largest energy utility and largest provider of renewable energy in the province.