Ireland-based renewable energy firm Invis Energy announced the largest wind farm constructed in the country last year has begun generating power to homes and businesses. The 44.35 megawatt capacity wind farm in Knocknagoum, County Kerry, features 26 Vestas [v52] turbines. The Knocknagoum wind wind farm is expected to provide energy to more than 29,000 homes.
"We are delighted that the first wind farm in our portfolio is now fully operational," said Michael Murnane, developer at Invis Energy. "It's a terrific achievement to have built the largest wind farm in Ireland in the past year, given the growing activity in the Irish renewables sector."
Knocknagoum is one of two onshore wind farms in Invis’ current portfolio. The second, Leitir Gungaid, is a 42.8 MW project located on the Atlantic Coast in Galway, and which is due to become operational in mid-2014. The project will use 17 Enercon E82 turbines.
Together, Leitir Gungaid and Knocknagoum represent an investment of more than €160 million and, when both are operational, will provide enough clean renewable energy to supply 60,000 households and will save Ireland 145,000 metric tons of CO2 annually.
"We also have a project pipeline of almost 300 MW of generation capacity scheduled to be built in Ireland over the next two years, so we're very much looking forward to making a tangible contribution to the local economy and to Ireland's clean energy targets in the near future," Murnane added.