Renewable energy and energy storage group, Gaelectric, has officially opened its £13.4 million wind farm at Cloonty in Co. Antrim.
The 9.2MW wind farm, located between Derrykeighan and Bushmills, is Gaelectric’s fouth operating wind farm in Northern Ireland.
Cloonty wind farm comprises four Enercon wind turbines, with a maximum blade tip height of 110 metres. It will generate sufficient green renewable power to meet the electricity demand of over 5000 homes on an annual basis.
The wind farm will not only boost Northern Ireland’s renewable energy generation capacity, but it will also create jobs, support workforce skills and contribute to economic activity in the area. To date, the project has created over 20 full time and part time jobs during its development and construction phase.
Commented Patrick McClughan, Head of Corporate Affairs for Gaelectric Developments Ltd: “This opening marks yet another important milestone for our business and further strengthens Gaelectric’s platform in the energy market.”
Gaelectric is progressing through a programme to construct and commission a near term portfolio of approximately 400MWs on consented wind energy projects on the island of Ireland by 2017.
“Our total permitted portfolio now stands at 140 MWs in Northern Ireland and represents a total investment of approx £170 million. This consolidates Gaelectric’s position as the largest indigenous renewable energy company in Northern Ireland, and we are proud to make a significant contribution to Northern Ireland’s renewable energy targets.”