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Cloosh Valley wind farm deal signed

Energy chiefs have signed off on a deal to create one of the country's largest wind farms

Once completed, the Cloosh Valley site near Moycullen in Co Galway will supply electricity to more than 60,000 homes.

The project will be located on lands owned by forestry firm Coillte - who will operate the scheme with Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) and Canadian company Finavera Renewables.

David Gunning, chief executive of Coillte, said the 105 megawatt (mw) farm was part of the organisation's long-term strategy for managing assets sustainably.

"As Ireland's largest land owner, Coillte has a unique and extensive portfolio of suitable sites for wind farms across the country, with some of the best wind regimes," he added.

"This year alone we have six more wind farm projects in the pipeline for planning, with a potential 250mw, and we anticipate continuing to make a significant contribution to meeting Ireland's renewable energy targets."

Under the agreement, Coillte and SSE will each have a 45% stake in the project, while Finavera will hold a 10% interest.

Approximately one-fifth of installed wind energy generation capacity in Ireland is situated on land owned or formerly owned by Coillte.

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