Mainstream Renewables have unveiled eight utility-scale wind and solar projects which are to reach financial close and begin construction works this year.

The projects, which are spread across four continents, have a combined capacity of over 1000 MW and will generate enough electricity to power more than half a million homes. The largest of the projects, the 450 MW Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm in Scotland, is expected to reach financial close this year.

The seven onshore wind and solar plant projects have received all the necessary planning permissions and the grid connections are currently being finalised.

The projects include the 450 MW Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm, the 140 MW Khobab, the 140 MW Loeriesfontein 2 and 80 MW Noupoort wind farms in South Africa.

Meanwhile Irish-based Mainstream, headed by CEO Eddie O’Connor (above) also confirmed that the 27 MW San Manuel and 43 MW Alena wind farms and 100 MW Pedernales Solar PV Farm in Chile are due to start construction in late 2014.

Finally the 46 MW Old Man 2 Wind Farm in Canada will have turbines erected in July 2014
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