Belfast Telegraph

Renewable energy firm to invest £22m in wind farm

By Clare Weir

An energy group has announced a £22m project creating 20 new jobs after a new wind farm received planning permission.

Gaelectric said that approval has been granted for a 15 megawatt complex at Inishative, near Pomeroy, in County Tyrone.

The wind farm development will consist of six wind turbines with a maximum hub height of 64 metres and a maximum blade diameter of 71 metres, and will be capable of generating enough renewable energy to meet the |average annual electricity consumption of approximately 8,000 homes.

The Inishative wind farm will represent a total investment of £22m.

The development is the latest in a portfolio of renewable energy projects that Gaelectric is progressing in Northern Ireland, which together totals approximately 200 MW of power generation capacity.

Gaelectric secured full planning approval for two further wind energy developments, a 15MW wind farm in Carn Hill, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim and a 12.5 MW wind farm in Cregganconroe, Pomeroy, Co Tyrone earlier this year, giving the company 42.5 MW of consented projects in Northern Ireland. Construction of this £62m pipeline will begin in early 2011.

Brendan McGrath, chief executive of Gaelectric, said that at a time when the economic horizon is uncertain, it is vital that economic opportunities are harnessed.

“In these straitened times we do not have the luxury of behaving as if we live in an ideal world where every risk and threat can be perfectly balanced,” he said.

“A focused and proactive approach to economic opportunities is needed to steer the economy — north and south — on a sustainable growth path.

“The Inishative approval is a further important demonstration of policy makers, planners and energy companies working together to harness renewable resources.”

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