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SSE Re­new­ables, part of the Ftse-listed SSE plc, is a de­vel­oper, owner and op­er­a­tor of re­new­able en­ergy as­sets to­talling over 4GW of in­stalled ca­pac­ity, mak­ing it the largest re­new­ables com­pany op­er­at­ing across the UK and Ire­land. In ad­di­tion to its op­er­a­tional fleet, SSE Re­new­ables is de­vel­op­ing an on­shore wind en­ergy pipeline of over 1GW, and the largest off­shore wind pipeline of any UK com­pany at nearly 7GW.

*SSE Re­new­ables em­ploys 169 peo­ple in the UK, in­clud­ing em­ploy­ees in North­ern Ire­land, in­volved in de­vel­op­ing and op­er­at­ing on­shore and off­shore wind farms, flex­i­ble hy­dro power sta­tions, and pumped stor­age fa­cil­i­ties. Ad­di­tion­ally, SSE Re­new­ables has cre­ated thou­sands of sup­ply chain jobs and sup­ported lo­cal busi­nesses across North­ern Ire­land and Great Britain through the con­struc­tion of its re­new­able gen­er­a­tion sites.

SSE Re­new­ables is North­ern Ire­land’s lead­ing re­new­able en­ergy gen­er­a­tor, with over £0.5bn in­vested in the de­vel­op­ment of its on­shore wind farms here since 2008. The green en­ergy gen­er­ated at its four op­er­a­tional wind farms has played a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion in help­ing North­ern Ire­land meet its 40% tar­get of elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion from re­new­able sources by 2020.

The com­pany’s gen­er­a­tion fleet in­cludes North­ern Ire­land’s largest wind farm, the 73-megawatt Slieve Kirk Wind Park near Li­mavady, Co Lon­don­derry, and Bessy Bell Wind Farm in Co Ty­rone, phase 1 of which dates back to 1995, mak­ing it one of North­ern Ire­land’s orig­i­nal com­mer­cial wind farms. Tieve­nameenta and Slieve Divena II Wind Farms in Co Ty­rone both be­came op­er­a­tional in 2017, with their first full year of oper­a­tion

in 2018. This brings the com­pany’s to­tal re­new­able en­ergy ca­pac­ity in North­ern Ire­land to 140 megawatts, enough to power around 190,000 homes here.

SSE Re­new­ables is de­vel­op­ing a £150m wind farm near Cook­stown in Co. Ty­rone, which would rep­re­sent its sin­gle big­gest in­vest­ment in the econ­omy here to date. The 139MW Do­rav­ille Wind Farm would utilise lat­est re­new­able en­ergy tech­nol­ogy to produce enough green en­ergy to power around 200,000 homes, and would dou­ble the com­pany’s gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity in North­ern Ire­land. Through its Com­mu­nity Fund, SSE Re­new­ables has presented al­most £2m in fund­ing to com­mu­ni­ties close to its wind farms in North­ern Ire­land, sup­port­ing a va­ri­ety of lo­cal en­ergy-ef­fi­ciency and sus­tain­abil­ity projects. The com­pany has also pro­vided over £350,000 in schol­ar­ship fund­ing to over 120 lo­cal stu­dents at­tend­ing Ul­ster Univer­sity, South West Col­lege and North West Re­gional Col­lege.

Man­ag­ing direc­tor Jim Smith said: “SSE Re­new­ables has a clear am­bi­tion and vi­sion. It’s to help de­car­bonise elec­tric­ity in the UK, Ire­land and across Europe within the next 25 years, and to be a lead­ing en­ergy com­pany in a low-car­bon world, lead­ing the fight against cli­mate change. Across the UK and Ire­land, we’re aim­ing to tre­ble our re­new­able en­ergy out­put to 30 ter­awatt-hours a year by 2030, and we cur­rently have a de­vel­op­ment pipeline of al­most 8GW of off­shore and on­shore wind en­ergy de­vel­op­ment projects that will help us to achieve that aim. At SSE Re­new­ables, we’re proud of the eco­nomic, so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal con­tri­bu­tions of our re­new­able en­ergy projects in North­ern Ire­land, in­clud­ing the re­gion’s largest wind farm, Slieve Kirk Wind Park.”

Pre-tax profit: £107m Em­ploy­ment: 169* Mil­len­nium House 19-25 Great Vic­to­ria Street Belfast Tel: 0345 850 8940 www.sse.com

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