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Saturday 17 March 2018

Wind farm sets ESB on path to carbon-neutral goal

Peter Flanagan

ESB's wind-power business took a step forward yesterday when it announced that a new wind farm is operational, while building is set to begin on another.

The Hunters Hill wind farm outside Fivemiletown in Co Tyrone is generating electricity for 11,000 homes, according to the energy company.

The wind farm, which produces some 20 megawatts of electricity, was bought by the ESB from Renewable Energy Systems (RES) last year.

Meanwhile, construction will begin next week on the Curryfree wind farm outside Derry city. It was originally developed by RES, which will build the wind farm on behalf of ESB.

When completed, the six wind turbines will provide energy to 8,000 homes.

ESB's head of wind development for Ireland and Britain, Joe O'Mahony, said the projects demonstrated ESB's drive to become a clean energy firm.

"The construction of this wind farm at Curryfree indicates ESB's commitment to investment in renewables and is another step in transforming ESB into a carbon-neutral company. Curryfree wind farm will not only help ESB reach its targets, its construction will also help the local economy," he said.

RES chief Gordon McDougall said: "The sale demonstrates confidence in RES's strong track record of project development and delivery of high-quality, turn-key construction contracts. We look forward to continuing our excellent working relationship with ESB through the construction of Curryfree."

Irish Independent

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