Belfast Telegraph

Extension will help windfarm power on

By Clare Weir

Planning permission has been granted for an extension to a Co Londonderry windfarm which will create enough electricity to serve almost 16,000 households every year.

An extra 12 wind turbines will be sited at Altahullion Hill near Dungiven.

East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell said the news was “an encouraging development for the renewable energy sector in Northern Ireland.”

Power company RES commissioned the original Altahullion wind farm of 20 turbines back in 2003.

In 2007, RES commissioned a second phase with an extra nine turbines being added to the scheme.

RES applied for planning permission for a third phase in 2007 when an initial planning application for 15 turbines was made.

After consultation the proposed number of turbines was reduced to 12.

Garth McGimpsey, Altahullion Phase III project manager with RES UK and Ireland, said Altahullion is an ideal location for a wind farm.

“We have worked hard with the local authorities, stakeholders and residents to ensure that any concerns regarding the extension were addressed.” he said.

RES has been constructing windfarms and other sustainable developments all over the world.

Belfast Telegraph