Belfast Telegraph

1. SSE Renewable Onshore

  • Managing director: Jim Smith
  • Pre-tax profit: £107m
  • Employment: 169 (*)

SSE Renewables, part of the FTSE-listed SSE plc, is a developer, owner and operator of renewable energy assets totalling over 4GW of installed capacity, making it the largest renewables company operating across the UK and Ireland.

In addition to its operational fleet, SSE Renewables is developing an onshore wind energy pipeline of over 1GW, and the largest offshore wind pipeline of any UK company at nearly 7GW.

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*SSE Renewables employs 169 people in the UK, including employees in Northern Ireland, involved in developing and operating onshore and offshore wind farms, flexible hydro power stations, and pumped storage facilities. Additionally, SSE Renewables has created thousands of supply chain jobs and supported local businesses across Northern Ireland and Great Britain through the construction of its renewable generation sites.

SSE Renewables is Northern Ireland’s leading renewable energy generator, with over £0.5bn invested in the development of its onshore wind farms here since 2008. The green energy generated at its four operational wind farms has played a significant contribution in helping Northern Ireland meet its 40% target of electricity generation from renewable sources by 2020.

The company’s generation fleet includes Northern Ireland’s largest wind farm, the 73-megawatt Slieve Kirk Wind Park near Limavady, Co Londonderry, and Bessy Bell Wind Farm in Co Tyrone, phase 1 of which dates back to 1995, making it one of Northern Ireland’s original commercial wind farms. Tievenameenta and Slieve Divena II Wind Farms in Co Tyrone both became operational in 2017, with their first full year of operation in 2018. This brings the company’s total renewable energy capacity in Northern Ireland to 140 megawatts, enough to power around 190,000 homes here.

SSE Renewables is developing a £150m wind farm near Cookstown in Co. Tyrone, which would represent its single biggest investment in the economy here to date. The 139MW Doraville Wind Farm would utilise latest renewable energy technology to produce enough green energy to power around 200,000 homes, and would double the company’s generation capacity in Northern Ireland. Through its Community Fund, SSE Renewables has presented almost £2m in funding to communities close to its wind farms in Northern Ireland, supporting a variety of local energy-efficiency and sustainability projects. The company has also provided over £350,000 in scholarship funding to over 120 local students attending Ulster University, South West College and North West Regional College.

Managing director Jim Smith said: “SSE Renewables has a clear ambition and vision. It’s to help decarbonise electricity in the UK, Ireland and across Europe within the next 25 years, and to be a leading energy company in a low-carbon world, leading the fight against climate change. Across the UK and Ireland, we’re aiming to treble our renewable energy output to 30 terawatt-hours a year by 2030, and we currently have a development pipeline of almost 8GW of offshore and onshore wind energy development projects that will help us to achieve that aim. At SSE Renewables, we’re proud of the economic, social and environmental contributions of our renewable energy projects in Northern Ireland, including the region’s largest wind farm, Slieve Kirk Wind Park.”

SSE Renewable Onshore

Millennium House

19-25 Great Victoria Street


Tel: 0345 850 8940