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Orsted has decided on the FID for the first phase of an 81 MW solar project in Ireland

Garreenleen solar farm, located 15km from Carlow town, marks the company’s first solar investment in the country. The project is expected to be operational by 2026 and will bring Orsted’s operational capacity on the island of Ireland to almost 500MW.

Today’s FID follows the project’s successful win under the Irish government’s Renewable Electricity Support Scheme 3 (RESS 3) auction in September 2023. RESS 3 was a successful auction for Orsted, with two projects (wind and solar) totalling 124MW clearing. The RESS 3 auction average strike price was €100.47 per megawatt hour (MWh), which is consistent with similar regimes in other European markets.

Orsted's senior vice president of onshore in Europe Kieran White said: “Solar energy is an essential component for enabling the Irish power system to run entirely on green energy, and I’m delighted to confirm that Orsted now will invest in our first Irish solar farm. While this will be our first solar project in Ireland, our strong pipeline of other projects, which continue to progress through consenting and grid access, gives us the confidence that more will follow. Garreenleen is an attractive solar project because it has a short grid route to a strong meshed node in the existing national electricity network, in an area of the grid where constraints are forecast to be low. With this investment decision, the project will also install the necessary grid infrastructure to facilitate the connection of a second phase of the project, which we hope to commit to within the next year.”


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