Renewable energy company Ørsted has announced the development of a portfolio of Irish solar projects in a partnership with renewable energy developer Terra Solar, headquartered at NovaUCD in Dublin. With a capacity of up to 400MW, the projects have the potential to power more than 90,000 Irish homes.  

This latest partnership brings further momentum to Ørsted’s solar pipeline in Ireland which now totals more than 600MW.

Subject to grid route consent and a grid offer, the portfolio of projects announced today are targeted for completion in advance of 2030, in line with the Irish government’s 8GW Climate Action Plan solar energy target.

Several potential routes to market

The renewable electricity produced by the solar farm portfolio has several potential routes to market including future RESS auctions and corporate power purchase agreements.

The Irish investment follows Ørsted’s entry into the UK solar market announced only last week with the development of a proposed 740MW solar farm and associated battery storage in Nottinghamshire.

“We are delighted to extend our existing collaboration with Terra Solar on the development of these projects which will contribute to Ørsted’s global goal of 17.5GW of onshore renewables by 2030,” said TJ Hunter, senior director, development and operations in UK & Ireland at Ørsted.

“Solar energy is an essential component for enabling the Irish power system to run entirely on green energy. Ireland has seen several amber alerts on warm summer days with low wind speeds, the cost of electricity is too high due to over-reliance on fossil fuel, and the carbon intensity of Ireland’s electricity is among the highest in Europe. To solve these issues and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, we need to grow solar energy in parallel with onshore wind, offshore wind, and energy storage,” he added.

André Fernon, director at Terra Solar, said: “Terra Solar is delighted to be working in partnership with Ørsted on the development of the solar projects announced today. With a combined capacity of up to 400MW, this partnership will contribute significantly to Ireland’s low-carbon future, strengthen our indigenous energy supply, and ensure competitively priced green electricity for Irish consumers.”

Ørsted operates 378MW of onshore wind across the island of Ireland, producing enough power for more than 230,000 homes. Ørsted has two Irish solar projects in development, and earlier this year, the company announced a partnership with ESB to jointly develop an Irish offshore wind portfolio.

Ranked as one of the world’s most sustainable energy companies, Ørsted has more than 5.7GW of onshore renewables in operation, under construction or consented across the United States and Europe. Ørsted’s Irish headquarters are based in Cork city, where it employs more than 100 people.