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RES leads way in powering renewable energy with wind farm expansion

Published 25/08/2015

Chloe Robinson from Buick Memorial Primary School, Cullybackey, at an RES wind farm in Co Antrim
Chloe Robinson from Buick Memorial Primary School, Cullybackey, at an RES wind farm in Co Antrim

From its Northern Ireland base in Larne, Co Antrim, RES has developed 16 onshore wind farms totalling 229MW - equating to 36% of Northern Ireland's onshore wind capacity. 

One of the world's leading renewable energy developers, RES currently operates more than 83MW of wind capacity across Northern Ireland.

The company has secured planning permission for a further 112MW awaiting construction and has 56MW in the planning system.

RES is currently constructing Altaveedan Wind Farm near Loughgiel, Co Antrim. 

Together with William and Henry Alexander (Civil Engineering) Ltd and P Keenan and Sons, RES is ensuring that the economic benefits remain local.  

"Projects like Altaveedan Wind Farm demonstrate the significant benefits that onshore wind provides to our environment, local communities and our economy," said Lucy Whitford, head of projects, Ireland.

"William and Henry Alexander (Civil Engineering) Ltd are part of the wider supply chain ensuring that key construction and civil engineering skills can support this important industry.

"We are delighted to team up with them again to deliver Altaveedan Wind Farm.

RES is also working with local company P Keenan and Sons to deliver the off-site works. As a company with a strong local presence, we believe Keenans will help us to identify opportunities to enable even more local companies to benefit from involvement in the wind farm's construction."

RES has invested millions of pounds in NI's renewable energy infrastructure and is poised to invest millions more. 

At Altaveedan, RES anticipates the project will inject £2.5m into the local area during construction. It also anticipates in excess of £2.25m in community benefits including a £200 discount on the electricity bills of those closest to the project, plus £7.6m in business rates in the area.

RES believes that renewables, as part of a balanced mix, have a vital role to play in achieving a secure, affordable and sustainable energy supply for Northern Ireland as well as boosting employment and growth as part of a thriving low-carbon economy. 

Renewable energy is good for the Northern Ireland consumer and will reduce the wholesale costs of electricity by £19m each year between 2013 and 2020 (Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI), 2015). 

Recent decisions by the UK Government, and the resulting impact on Northern Ireland's devolved energy powers could see the renewables industry and the 40% renewable energy target placed in jeopardy.  

By increasing renewable electricity consumption to the 40% target by 2020, there will be a reduction in fuel imports of £80.4m and the value of jobs to the local economy will be £314.6m (DETI, 2015).

RES is committed to being part of Northern Ireland's energy future and business growth, through maximising contributions from renewable energy at minimum cost to the consumer.

Belfast Telegraph

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