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New £17m wind farm opens with power for 7,400 homes

By Michael McHugh

Published 05/04/2016

The wind farm is capable of powering more than 7,400 homes, the firm says
The wind farm is capable of powering more than 7,400 homes, the firm says

A Co Londonderry wind farm that is capable of providing power to more than 7,400 homes is to be opened today.

The £17m investment by renewable energy group Gaelectric is at Monnaboy on Loughermore Mountain close to Eglinton.

Patrick McClughan, head of corporate affairs at the firm, said the opening of the project was a milestone.

"Our total permitted portfolio now stands at 140 megawatts in Northern Ireland and represents a total investment of approximately £170m," he said.

"This consolidates Gaelectric's position as the largest indigenous renewable energy company in Northern Ireland.

"We are proud to make a significant contribution to meeting Northern Ireland's renewable energy targets.

"It is important to Gaelectric that local communities close to the Monnaboy wind farm have the opportunity to share in the social and economic benefits of this renewable energy development."

In the past four years, Gaelectric has secured planning approval for nine Northern Ireland wind farm developments.

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