Denmark’s Sampension has said it is making its first direct investment in green energy, financing a new 33MW wind farm to be built in west Jutland.The DKK195bn (€26.1bn) labour-market pension scheme is financing the 10-turbine Ulvemosen wind farm project in Varde, which will be established and operated by wind and solar-power developer European Energy.Anne-Charlotte Mark, head of equities and alternative investments at Sampension, said: “Ulvemosen is our first direct investment within renewables and part of the strategy to increase exposure to energy-related infrastructure.”Sampension said it had high expectations for the project. European Energy said the project would be owned by Sampension but that a part of it would be owned and operated by local land-owners and neighbours to the project.The developer said it had been planning the project for the last 4-5 years.The plant will have an estimated output of around 100GWh a year, equal to the energy consumption of 20,000 households, European Energy said.Danish manufacturer Vestas said European Energy has placed an order with it for 10 V117-3.3MW turbines, which is being financed in collaboration with Sampension.The turbines are expected to be delivered and commissioned in the fourth quarter of this year.
FORMER Olympic and world 100m champion Justin Gatlin says he can win gold at the Tokyo Olympics despite him likely being 39 when the postponed Games take place.The Olympics, due to begin in July, were postponed this week because of the coronavirus pandemic.American Gatlin, 38, won gold at Athens 2004 and the world title in London in 2017 after a second doping ban.Asked if he could win in Tokyo, he told TMZ Sports: “My educated guess is yes.”The Games will be staged “no later than summer 2021”, according to the International Olympic Committee.Gatlin, who turns 39 in February, said: “A lot of people think that time is against me, but that is far from the truth.“Resting your body, refocusing yourself and staying hungry, we will come back re-energised for 2021.“My body has not been worn down by running a lot of races in 2020. It won’t be that big of a difference being 38 to being 39.”Gatlin served a four-year ban between 2006 and 2010 after testing positive for testosterone, his second doping offence after a year’s suspension for using a banned amphetamine in 2001.His victory at London 2017, when he shocked a retiring Usain Bolt and fellow American Christian Coleman, was greeted by jeers from the crowd.Gatlin did not rule out continuing beyond 2021, saying the example of American football star Tom Brady, who signed a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week at the age of 42, had inspired him.“It’s giving me hope that that maybe a 40-year-old Justin Gatlin on track won’t be too crazy,” he said.(BBC Sport
St Eunan’s ExtensionSt Eunan’s Secondary School in Letterkenny has been granted planning permission for a major 900 pupil extension at its site at College Road. The permission was granted despite several objections form residents in nearby Hawthorn Heights.Book to chart history of Donegal’s ‘boat church’ A new book on Newtowncunningham’s All Saint’s Church, written by Burt man Donal Campbell, is to be launched this Saturday in the Columbian Hall.Presidential seal of approvalLetterkenny woman Emma Megannety has designed a unique piece of jewellery for incoming President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina.Northern skies! Donegal County Council is leading a project aimed at integrating people from Northern Ireland who have moved into Donegal’s border towns and villages in recent years.Floody hellLifford is part of several regions across the country which is at risk from flooding, DCC’s Director of Transportation and Roads John McLaughlin has told Cllr Gerry Crawford.DONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEF was last modified: December 2nd, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)