Work on €38m wind farm starts
Work on the development and construction of a €38m wind farm in Wicklow has started after full planning permission was granted.
The company - which is a co-operative run by local people from Wicklow - has been established for the sole purpose of the development of a wind farm facility to supply renewable energy to the electricity grid.
Once complete, the wind farm will consist of six Siemens wind turbines, with a total capacity of 19.2 megawatts.
The farm will generate power for the equivalent of 11,700 homes, as well as contribute to the Government's stated target of sourcing 40pc of electricity from renewable sources by 2020.
In addition, the farm will account for the removal of 28,700 tonnes of carbon emissions a year.
A statement from Ballycumber Wind Farm said that the construction, which has already created 50 jobs, would not impact residential areas or homesteads when it becomes operational, with turbines being no closer than one kilometre to the nearest residence.
In addition, the farm has established a community fund that will include annual contributions to local schools. The wind farm will start producing energy early next year.
Last week Irish-owned Oriel Windfarm - which was established in 2015 to develop offshore wind farms in Ireland - announced that it has agreed on a significant investment from Belgian-based offshore wind farm developer Parkwind.
When completed, the wind farm will be the first fully-operational commercial wind farm developed in Irish waters.