Tuesday 16 January 2018

How a small village got on to the national grid

Pat Donoghue, Noel Carey, John Power, John Fogarty , from Templederry Community Windfarm
Pat Donoghue, Noel Carey, John Power, John Fogarty , from Templederry Community Windfarm
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

A SMALL village in the Slieve Felim Mountains has become the site of the country's first community-owned wind farm.

A group of local residents hold shares in the project in Templederry, Co Tipperary, which is now providing enough electricity to power 3,000 homes for a year.

The two-turbine 4.6 megawatt (MW) wind farm was developed over the course of the past decade at a cost of €6.2m, and is expected to return €1.2m-a-year to investors and the local community.

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