With Phase 3 now fully funded, FRE plc has commenced construction work at three locations in Northern Ireland, and a further operational site has been purchased in Cornwall.
The developments at Carryduff, Pomeroy and Newry all have 25-year leases and are due to be completed by the end of 2017 and are expected to begin producing power shortly afterwards. A Vestas V47 wind turbine, on a 50-metre tower, has been in operation at Pennygillam, the Cornish site, since 2014.
It is estimated that the Carryduff site will provide over 900,000-kilowatt hours (kWh) annually from its Vestas V39 250 kW Turbine. Planning permission has been granted for a maximum height of 66 metres to blade tip. The project qualifies for Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation (NIRO) under the ‘approved development’ criteria. The project will also be eligible to receive 2016/17 Renewables Obligations Certificates and current market value export payments through a negotiated Power Purchase Agreement.
Permission has been granted at Pomeroy for a maximum tip height of 56.5m and will house a Vesta V39 turbine. This turbine will operate at a power level of 225kW and is estimated to produce an annual yield of around 800,000 kWh.
The installation at Newry also qualifies for the NIRO under ‘approved development’ criteria. A Vestas V27 turbine will be installed with a 225kW power level with an expected annual yield circa 450,000 kWh. On a 30-year lease agreement, the Pennygillam turbine averages 1.192million kWh annually. This exports 100% of its power to the national grid.