in News Departments > Projects & Contracts
print the content item

Renewable energy developer Element Power has signed an option agreement to lease land from Coillte, an Ireland-based natural resources company, that will enable Element Power to consider wind farm development on some Coillte-owned sites in the Irish midlands as part of a major wind energy export project.

The deal gives Element Power the potential to incorporate a selection of Coillte sites within clusters of wind farms being developed for the Greenwire project across the counties of Kildare, Laois, Meath, Offaly and Westmeath.

According to Element Power, Greenwire is the first and only wind power export project in Ireland with firm grid connection to the U.K. national grid. Earlier this year, the project secured two connection points in Wales and has a goal of delivering 3 GW of wind energy from Ireland to the U.K. by 2018.

“We intend having option agreements with all landowners who wish to participate in this project completed and signed early next year, with a view to submitting a planning application by the end of 2013,” explains Tim Cowhig, CEO of Element Power Ireland. “Those plans are firmly on course, and this announcement gives our project substantial additional momentum.”

Element Power says no new overhead lines will be used for this project, which is being developed independently of the Irish electric grid and supplying the power generated directly to the U.K. via underground and undersea cabling.

The company also launched the process of requesting submissions of interest for further strategic partners for Greenwire.



Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Why States Should Adopt A Renewable Portfolio Standard

A new study analyzes the potential benefits of state renewable energy mandates, as well as recommends what such policies should include.


Sen. Reid Vows To Bring Wind PTC To A Vote By Year's End

Nevada's senior senator provides some encouragement to wind industry advocates during his annual Clean Energy Summit.


Steadily, Wind Turbine OEMs Resume R&D Investment

An increased commitment to research and development will likely lead to wind energy innovation - not to mention a likely increase in patent-protected technology.


Quebec Government Postpones Wind Power RFP; No New Date Scheduled

The request for proposals (RFP) is part of an overall 800 MW wind power tranche that will serve as a bridge to the next phase in the province's energy future.


Setting The Record Straight: How Many Birds Do Wind Turbines Really Kill?

Several peer-reviewed studies are more or less in agreement with avian mortality rates caused by wind turbines. However, one study, which is wildly off from the others, is most often cited in the media. Why?

Canwea_id1984
Renewable NRG_id1934
UnitedEquip_id1995
Future Energy_id2008