Person working on wind turbine
Two Statkraft wind farms under construction and due for completion next year
Together, Taghart and Cloghan will have the capacity to power 45,000 Irish homes.
Statkraft has confirmed that the two wind farms successful in the renewable energy auction last year, totalling 57MW, are underway and are due for completion at the end of 2022. The wind farms will have the capacity to power 45,000 Irish homes.
Taghart Wind Farm in Cavan is a 23MW project and works got underway at the beginning of the year. Cloghan Wind Farm in Offaly has a capacity of 34MW and construction started earlier this month.
Speaking about the two projects, Kevin O’Donovan, Managing Director with Statkraft Ireland said, “Getting construction underway is always a milestone moment, as we are bringing the project to life, so I am delighted that Cloghan has now followed Taghart into construction and both of these cornerstone developments are now officially underway.”
“Both wind farms were part of our portfolio submitted to the RESS-1 renewable energy auction last year, where we won the most capacity of any renewable energy developer. So they are both very strategic projects from the country’s point of view, and will make an important contribution to reaching our 2030 renewable energy targets.”
“With our abundance of clean natural resources, Ireland can be a world leader when it comes to powering our homes and our country with renewable energy. These wind farms are a key part of that journey.” O’Donovan concluded.
Conor Calnan, Head of Construction in Ireland with Statkraft added, “We are making really good progress on these energy projects and are working with our contractors to ensure that they will be delivered efficiently and to the high standard that Statkraft continually works to. Throughout the process we will be working with the relevant local communities to keep them informed of how the project is progressing and seeking feedback on how these projects can deliver the most benefit to the local area.”
Taghart Wind Farm consists of 7 turbines with the potential to power c.18,000 homes with clean, green, renewable energy. Cloghan Wind Farm consists of 9 turbines with the capacity to power c.27,000 homes. Both projects will also incorporate a significant community benefit fund under RESS (Renewable Energy Support Scheme) which will directly benefit the local community.
Statkraft is managing the construction of both wind farms and will also manage the operational element of them once construction is complete. Taghart and Cloghan are scheduled to be operational by the end of 2022.