Ireland

Ireland

TWO MORE IN IRELAND

British wind developer Renewable Energy Systems (RES) looks set to build two more wind farms in Northern Ireland, bringing the number of projects it is involved with in the province to four.

RES has won turnkey contracts to install ten Vestas V39 turbines in County Tyrone for Colham Energy Ltd, and a further ten machines at Elliot's Hill, County Antrim -- the third wind farm RES is building for Northern Ireland developer B9 Energy. The contract for machine supplier for Elliot's Hill has not yet been awarded.

Colham Energy has just gained planning consent for its 5 MW site at Bessy Bel, County Tyrone and hopes work will start on site this month with the turbines operational by March. The small Bristol-based company is driven by lawyer Maureen de Pietro and organic farmer Paul Lysley from Wiltshire. Bessy Bel will be their first wind farm although they have several other renewable energy projects in prospect.

In Ireland Colham Energy is developing plans for two wind farms -- each of 15 MW -- in County Clare and County Leitrim which it hopes to bid into the republic's new support scheme for renewables, the Alternative Energy Requirement. In a joint venture with Revack Estate in Scotland, it has applied for support for a wind farm at Grantown-on-Spey in Highland Region under the Scottish Renewables Order (SRO) -- to be announced in November.

The company will also hear in November whether its bid for a Non-Fossil Fuel Obligation contract for a biomass scheme in England has been successful.

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