Orsted gets 160MW Irish solar project

Mar 16, 2023 10:41 AM ET
  • First 81MW phase of Garrenleen in Carlow will be provided in 2025 as well as second phase in 2026
Orsted gets 160MW Irish solar project
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Orsted has obtained a 160MW solar project in Carlow, Ireland, from renewable resource developer Terra Solar.

The 160MW Garrenleen project is Orsted's 2nd solar project in Ireland and will certainly be one of the biggest in the nation when built.

Based on Orsted's final financial investment decision, phase 1 (81MW) will certainly be delivered in 2025, with phase 2 (79MW) anticipated to be finished in 2026.

Located 15km outside the town of Carlow in the south-east of Ireland, the project will certainly add to Orsted's worldwide goal of reaching 17.5 GW of onshore renewables capacity by 2030.

Orsted employs 100 people in its Irish headquarters in Cork City.

Irish government targets for 2030 have recently been revised upwards, with the solar target increasing to 8GW.

With the EU calling for all participant states to minimize gas demand, safety of supply is a recurring issue.

TJ Hunter, Senior Director for Onshore Ireland & UK in Orsted, said: "Orsted is dedicated to multi-technology deployment, buying a variety of renewable resource sources to make certain reliability as well as self-reliance of supply.

" As soon as completed, both phases for this project will have an incorporated capacity of 160MW, making it among the most substantial solar farms in the nation."

He included: "It's critical, nevertheless, that federal government targets are supported by durable investments in grid facilities capacity, predictable grid link timelines, preparing timelines, and market frameworks that can deliver.

" The sector is primed to spend and also supply power strength at pace, and it's essential that the infrastructure as well as processes are there to support it, or we're racing in the direction of a roadblock."

The acquisition of Garreenleen follows the news of Orsted's very first solar farm in Ireland at Ballinrea near Carrigaline in Cork, due to be functional in 2025.

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