Bord Gáis Energy has revealed that it will assist Amarenco in the building of 8 solar farms in Cork, which would provide enough energy to power about 8,000 homes. The facilities are going to be among the maiden utility-scale solar output in Ireland, as Amarenco is an independent green energy producer that invests in, builds, and runs solar PV power plants. Bord Gáis Energy is going to manage and offtake the electricity generated by these solar farms as part of a long-term agreement, and it will be included in the company’s supply portfolio.
Dave Kirwan, who works as the Managing Director (MD) of Bord Gáis Energy, stated: “Climate change is one of the most pressing concerns confronting our society, and as a leading energy and services supplier for homes and companies, we take our responsibility in ensuring Ireland’s long-term viability very seriously. Our goal is to be a net-zero firm by 2045, and to deliver products, services, and solutions to assist our clients in achieving their goals.”
“We’re dedicated to promoting renewable energy in Ireland, and we’ve been developing our portfolio to increase the amount of renewable power we can provide to our customers over the last few years. Our collaboration with Amarenco not only helps this goal but also helps the energy sector become more carbon-free.”
John Mullins, Amarenco Solar’s Executive Chairman, stated: “We are delighted to announce this cooperation with Bord Gáis Energy, and we are certain that all of the green energy generated by our solar power plants in Co. Cork will be distributed to Bord Gáis Energy clients nationwide. We hope that this is just the beginning of many such collaborations with Bord Gáis Energy company in Ireland. In Spain, we have already a solid relationship with Bord Gáis Energy’s parent company, Centrica.”
The 8 solar farms in Co. Cork will each produce approximately 5MW of power. Bord Gáis Energy has announced collaborations with Neoen and Obton, both of which are fueled by Shannon Energy, to handle 176MW of power from 14 solar farms. When combined with Bord Gáis Energy’s existing renewable portfolio, which includes more than 220MW of wind power, the firm will be able to provide renewable energy to approximately 164,000 homes across Ireland. Bord Gáis Energy will be the sole energy provider working with Amarenco on this project, which will be the latter’s first solar farm construction in Ireland.