Airtricity has received planning approval for its first wind farm site in Northern Ireland. It is anticipated that construction on the £16 million wind farm, based in the north east section of County Fermanagh at Tappaghan Mountain, will begin in February. 2004.
The wind farm, which will comprise 13 1.5MW wind turbines, will produce 19.5MW of electricity, enough to power the equivalent of almost 12,000 houses, or 57% of the domestic electricity needs of the whole of the population of Fermanagh District Council.
The project will save the release into the atmosphere of nearly 60,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.
In June this year, Airtricity announced that it planned to develop a 25MW wind farm in the Irish Sea to provide power for the Irish electricity grid. This project, to be located about 10 km off the coast of Arklow, Ireland, will feature seven of GE Wind Energy’s new, 3.6MW wind turbines.