13 03 2024Business impact

Dairygold to power processing plants with renewable energy

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RDJ advised Dairygold on a corporate power purchase agreement with a farmer supplier which will see the leading dairy co-operative’s plants powered by solar energy.

The agreement between Dairygold and local grain supplier Michael Quirk will see Dairygold purchase 5,000 megawatt hours (MWh) per year of renewable solar energy from Lurrig Solar Farm, located on Michael’s farm in Aghada, Co Cork. Mr Quirk developed the solar farm on his farmland in 2022.

Speaking about the agreement, the processor’s interim chief executive, Michael Harte said:

We’re delighted to enter this agreement with Lurrig Solar Farm. It is the first of its kind in the industry and brings together a leading dairy cooperative with a farmer supplier to source locally produced renewable electricity for Dairygold’s world class dairy processing facilities.

The RDJ team was led by Shane O’Connor (Construction) and included Doireann Hurley (Corporate and Commercial) and Shane O'Connell (Real Estate).

Shane O'Connor

Shane O'Connor