Turbine puts wind in firm's sails
A County Armagh company has installed the largest privately owned wind turbine in Northern Ireland.
Tandragee firm Rapid International, which manufactures concrete plant and equipment, has joined forces with Horizon Renewables to install the 500kW wind turbine at its production plant.
The 47-metre high turbine will be used to generate power for the 40,000sq ft factory, and the excess electricity can be sold back to the licensed electricity suppliers.
In line with the company's objectives to be the first industrial manufacturer in Northern Ireland to become carbon neutral, the turbine will offset 430 tonnes of carbon per year.
The company was set up more than 40 years ago.
Its late managing director Bertie Pickering, a supporter of renewable energy, set the wheels in motion to install the turbine, but did not live to see the project completed.
Rapid International enlisted the services of Horizon Renewables to manage the entire project from start to finish including foundations, installation, electrical and also a five-year maintenance contract estimated to be worth over £500,000.