Letterkenny team the ‘AA of Wind’
by RES | Oct 22, 2019 | Reading time: 2 min
RES’ O&M team in Letterkenny can count some of the largest utility companies and renewable fund managers among their client-base, with their small core team of just six people servicing turbines across Ireland and UK with additional site-based technicians performing routine maintenance across sites in both countries.
“The turbines we climb tend to be over 100m,” he said. “Whilst this makes for a challenging work environment, some of the views are absolutely spectacular – and that alone can make the job one of the best in the world.
“On occasion, on those cool, still days, I’ve even climbed above the clouds on a turbine. It’s a stunning sight.”
And the job itself is one that keeps on changing. As well as servicing and repairing crucial components inside each of the multiple turbines they will service per year, the team has completed many complex lifting operations – all of which requires huge cranes to fit or replace crucial components.
Employing engineers across a range of expertise, the Donegal team are now looking to expand their horizons even further, by securing contracts with new clients firmly in their sights.
Brian, who has worked in the wind industry for 18 years and has seen countless changes in the sector, said: “I suppose the biggest change has been the size of the turbines. When I started, you were looking at 500kW turbines. Now you’re talking commonly about 2.5 – 5 MW and upwards of 8 MW in the near future – proper, utility scale machines. The advances have been huge.”