A Sligo-based wind energy company has been granted planning permission for what will be one of the largest wind farms in the country.
The huge development will have the capacity to provide electricity to roughly 64,000 homes.
The company behind the development is Eco Wind Power Limited, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Treasury Holdings, who are involved in the development of the Wine Street car park in Sligo.
One of the principals of Eco Wind Power Ltd is Ballincar man Conor Ronan.
The company was last week granted approval by An Bord Pleanála to construct three wind farms at Meenadreen, Laghey, Co. Donegal. The wind farms on adjacent lands are a co-development with Coillte, the semi-state forestry service.
T he sites will form one of the largest wind farm developments in the country with 40 large-scale wind turbines capable of generating up to 100 megawatts of electricity.
Conor Ronan said: “A wind farm of this size can supply power to 64,000 homes and reduce CO2 emissions by 265,000 tonnes per year. The Donegal projects are a key component of our strategy to grow our renewable energy business.
“We and our partners are obviously pleased with the granting of permission and look forward to getting to work on this project as soon as possible.”
Eco Wind Power currently has a further two sites under construction. The company will have eight operating wind farms generating over 150 megawatts of green renewable energy when all the new developments are built. These include ones at Geevagh, Arigna, Largan Hill in Roscommon, as well as two others in Donegal, at Buncrana and Killybegs.
An additional 10 onshore sites presently under development will be capable of producing a further 250 megawatts.
By John Bromley
4 September 2007
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