Jobs boost at wind turbine firm
A new manufacturing facility for wind turbines has announced plans to create at least 50 highly-skilled jobs over the next three years.
The Natural Power Company, based in Kildare, said it also expects to help secure employment for another 250 people with suppliers in the region.
Managing director Ross Murphy revealed the firm is the first in western Europe to be appointed as a licensed manufacturer by Turbowinds NV (Belgium) of the company's T500-48 500kW utility grade wind turbines.
"This is an important step in establishing Ireland as a leading player in the wind energy industry," said Mr Murphy.
"The impact of the new facility will be felt not only in our exports but also in the ongoing development of capacity and technical expertise in Ireland."
Mairead McGuinness, Ireland East MEP who met both companies in Brussels this week, said it was a welcome development.
"This is a company at the leading edge in wind and solar energy technology," she said. "The development augurs well for the future of the company and indeed for the sector in Ireland."
Jean-Pierre Dutry, president at Turbowinds, said the appointment of its first licensed manufacturer in western Europe was an exciting development in the history of his firm.
"Together with the Natural Power Company, we will substantially increase our presence in the United Kingdom and Ireland," he said.
"The Natural Power Company is a wholly-owned Irish company, which designs, constructs and maintains wind and solar energy solutions."