Commitment to Net Zero Emissions
The UK renewable energy industry is striving to meet the challenges of the 2008 Climate Change Act which has outlined ambitious renewable energy targets for the UK by setting legally binding targets of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050. The industry is also actively working towards achieving the challenging targets outlined within the COP21 Paris Agreement.
Building on these commitments, in June 2019, the UK Government became the first major economy to sign legislation to commit the UK to a legally binding target of net zero emissions by 2050.
Onshore Wind Energy Plays a Key Role
Without significant additional onshore wind farm development these targets will not be met as other renewable technologies within Northern Ireland are several years from contributing significantly to the renewable energy targets (e.g. offshore wind), or are not at a large enough scale to contribute significantly (e.g. hydro renewable energy schemes).
Northern Ireland has already made significant headway in decarbonising the power sector in the past 20 years, exceeding more than the planned 40 % target by 2020 set by the 2010 SEF. The Department for Economy are currently preparing the updated Energy Strategy looking forward to 2050 which is anticipated to include ambitious targets of 70-80 % renewable electricity by 2030.
Additional onshore wind farm development and innovative storage technologies are the key requirements for these targets to be met. Wind power has been, and will continue to be, the main component of the energy mix. Increased efficiency and innovative technological advances mean, alongside solar, wind is the cheapest and most readily deployable technology. ABO Wind is poised and ready to invest to help deliver good projects to help achieve this ambition.
ABO Wind NI
ABO Wind NI was registered in early 2010 and the head office is now located in Lisburn. We have several projects across Northern Ireland and Scotland that are between early stage assessment and planning.
Northern Ireland has a very good wind resource however continued investment in the grid is required to ensure satisfactory integration of renewable energy to the grid.
The average size of a modern onshore wind turbine is around 3-5 MW with a blade diameter spanning around 100-130m and a blade tip height of around 150m high.
In addition to the turbines, a wind farm site requires an electrical substation building and access tracks. Wind farm access tracks often upgrade existing farm tracks to allow for the delivery of the turbines and also to improve farm access.
Only a small percentage of a site is normally required for the development of a wind farm, which is why wind energy developments are so compatible with farming. Farmers can continue to use land for growing crops or grazing livestock. Sheep, cows and horses are not disturbed by operating wind farms.
Land that is suitable for wind energy development will have a good wind speed, topography that allows access for vehicles and without designations such as National Scenic Areas, Special Protection Areas or Sites of Special Scientific Interest. ABO Wind would be happy to undertake an obligation free feasibility study to investigate possibilities on your land. Please contact us by emailing uk(at)abo-wind.com or ni(at)abo-wind.com.
ABO Wind encourages local companies to tender for contracts during the construction, operation and decommissioning phase.
To register an interest in working with us, please complete the form below or email uk(at)abo-wind.com.
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