According to the Irish Wind Energy Association, there are just under 400 Windfarms on the island of Ireland, with a wind energy capacity of 5510 MW. A report from a wind energy lobby group found that Wind provided 37 per cent of Ireland’s electricity in the first three quarter of 2019. Looking at these figures it is easy to see how vitally important the Renewables sector is in Ireland. Laois Hire has a dedicated Renewable’s division providing clients in both the civil, construction and installation sectors such as Nordex SE, Vestas, Siemens, ESB, Fairwind, Roadbridge Ltd and Duggan Brothers Ltd with everything from start to finish of their project.
Laois Hire’s Renewable Division have a long-standing relationship with Enercon Gmbh, currently one of the biggest players in the Renewable Energy sector in Ireland, as well as many of the other large companies operating in this sector. Laois Hire have supplied equipment on projects all over the country, from the highest mountains in Donegal to the tail end of Kerry, and further afield in Wales and Scotland. This equipment includes:
Our Renewables Division works closely with Enercon Gmbh site management teams. Project Coordinator Aidan Harrington says “We at Enercon Gmbh are using Laois Hire because of their reliability on site, flexibility with delivery and collection and their never-let-us-down attitude no matter how tough it gets up in the mountains! Their customer service is second to none. They have a very hands on approach and rapid response to any service requirements on site. No job is too big or too small and they always have the right equipment for the job. I recently had an issue on one of our installations in Sligo. We had a crew working over the weekend and a machine went down on a Sunday. Laois Hire had a replacement machine out to us within 4 hours from the first call, no issues. Fantastic service, and that’s never easy working in remote areas in tough conditions”.
Keith McCann, Manager of the Laois Hire Renewables Division sees their involvement with the sector becoming even greater in the future. “Laois Hire will be involved in more major Renewable projects for the coming year, and many years to follow. Both Onshore and Offshore Wind Turbines, along with Solar energy, will be playing a huge role in our country’s Climate Action plan with a target of 70% renewable electricity by 2030. We will deliver our extensive fleet of hire equipment to windfarms on and offshore as well as the acres of Solar Power farms.”
Our Renewables Division are also playing an active part in supplying plant and tools to support the construction of Energy Storage based solutions. Lumcloon Energy has developed Ireland’s largest portfolio of Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) which is currently under construction. One of their landmark projects is the Shannonbridge 100MW BESS. Working with Hanwha Energy Corporation, the project cost is €150m. The BESS will provide System Services to the power system, enhancing the management of the transmission grid, and ultimately increasing the stability of the electricity supply to consumers. This will assist the System Operator in achieving the targets for electricity demand to be met by renewables.
Keith McCann explains why he feel Laois Hire are so successful in this sector. “I believe the key to the success of the Laois Hire Group comes down to the constant updating and expansion of our fleet right across the company, in all divisions. We are aware that this continuous Investment is absolutely essential to deliver a high-quality service to customers. We believe in our equipment and our service and are proud that we can deliver on our promises.”
Michael Killeen, Managing Director of the Laois Hire Group , adds: “The renewable energy sector is a very exciting and interesting part of our business. We set up our Renewables Division in 2012, headed up by our Renewables Specialist Division Manager, Keith McCann. Keith has vast experience in the area, and we have established excellent working relationships with all our key clients. We have the infrastructure to service this very demanding sector, in very remote areas and at times in very challenging weather conditions. Our highly experienced trained teams, provide an unrivalled 24/7 back up service.
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