Bord Gais Energy to help Danish-Irish team to develop 118 MW of solar
Solar park in Emmeloord, the Netherlands. Source: Obton
Bord Gais Energy announced today it will team up with a joint venture between Denmark’s Obton and its Dublin-based partner Shannon Energy to develop up to 118 MW of solar projects in Ireland over the next two years.
The JV, referred to as Obton powered by Shannon Energy, has entered into a long-term arrangement with Bord Gais Energy, which will manage and off-take the electricity produced by 11 utility-scale solar parks. All of these projects took part in Ireland’s Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) and were awarded contracts. They include sites in Wexford, Waterford, Cork, Longford, Galway, Offaly, Meath and Tipperary.
Last month, Obton and Shannon Energy announced plans to develop 1 GW of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in Ireland by 2026. This represents a doubling of the pair's previous ambition and suggests an investment of EUR 750 million (USD 909m) in the sector.
Bord Gais Energy’s current renewable supply portfolio consists of more than 220 MW of wind farms, which are able to generate enough electricity for about 73,000 households.