Electricity Supply Board (ESB) has announced two major advances in its Northern Ireland wind farm portfolio.
Work on the Curryfree wind farm project in County Londonderry begins this week and is due to be completed by August next year.
Once finished, the six turbine wind farm developed and built by RES will generate enough renewable energy to power 8,000 homes.
Curryfree is a welcome boost to the economy in the region with the main civil works being undertaken by a local contractor.
Joe O’Mahony, head of ESB wind development in Ireland and Great Britain, said: “The construction of this wind farm at Curryfree indicates ESB’s commitment to investment in renewables and is another step in transforming ESB into a carbon neutral company.
“Curryfree wind farm will not only help ESB reach its targets, its construction will also help the local economy,” he said.
In a separate development, ESB also confirmed a significant boost to Northern Ireland’s renewable energy generation capacity.
Its 20 megawatt Hunter’s |Hill wind farm close to Fivemiletown in Tyrone is now generating electricity to meet the needs of more than 11,000 homes.