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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Development of €38m wind farm in Wicklow commences

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Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Work on the development and construction of a €38m wind farm in Wicklow has commenced, following the granting of full planning permission by Wicklow County Council.

The stand-alone Irish company has been established for the sole purpose of the development of a wind farm facility to supply renewable green energy to the Irish electricity grid.

The wind farm, which is a co-operative of local people from the Wicklow area, has already created 50 direct jobs in the construction phase.

Once complete, the wind farm will consist of six Siemens wind turbines, with a total capacity of 19.2MW, and will provide clean energy for homes, schools, farms, hospitals and businesses in Ireland, generating power for the equivalent of 11,700 homes.

In addition, the farm will account for the removal of 28,700 tonnes of carbon emissions on an annual basis.

A statement from Ballycumber wind farm said that the construction would not impact residential area or homestead when it becomes operational, with turbines being located no closer than one kilometre to the nearest residence.

The wind farm will commence the production of renewable energy early next year.

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