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Bord Gáis Energy commits to buying solar supply from Amarenco

Eight utility-scale solar farms will be built in Co Cork following the announcement of a partnership between Bord Gáis Energy and Irish-French solar company Amarenco.

The solar farms will power approximately 8,000 homes.

Amarenco will build and operate the solar farms, while Bord Gáis has committed to manage and include the electricity produced as part of a long-term agreement between the companies.

This will also be the first time Amarenco has built solar farms in Ireland and is set to be among the first utility-scale solar production in the country.

This marks the latest in a series of partnerships revealed by the Irish energy provider as it looks to expand its renewable portfolio and become a net zero business by 2045. In December, it revealed that it would work with Neoen on three solar farms, while last summer, it announced it would partner with Obton on the development of 11 further farms.

Amarenco’s executive chairman John Mullins is also a former CEO of Bord Gáis, while the renewable energy company already has a partnership with Bord Gáis’ parent company Centrica in Spain.

Speaking on the partnership, Bord Gáis Energy managing director Dave Kirwan said: “Tackling climate change is one of the most important issues facing our society and as a leading energy and services provider for households and businesses, we take our role in supporting Ireland’s sustainable future seriously.”

He added that the company had committed to supporting the growth of renewable energy across the country: “Our partnership with Amarenco not only supports this ambition but also contributes to decarbonising the energy sector.”

Amarenco Solar executive chairman John Mullins said he hoped that this partnership would be the first of many: “We are very pleased to announce this partnership with Bord Gáis Energy and we are confident that all of the green power produced by our solar farms in Co Cork will be provided to Bord Gáis Energy customers across the country.”

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