Jobs boost as Antrim wind farm proposal approved

Up to 30 construction jobs will be created after a Co Antrim wind farm received planning approval, it was announced today.

Irish renewable energy company Gaelectric said there would be enough energy to power more than 8,000 houses annually from the £5m (€5.7m) scheme at Carn Hill, Newtownabbey.

Chief executive Brendan McGrath said: “The Carn Hill approval is very welcome as it heralds the beginning of the execution of the next stage of our development in Northern Ireland.

“It was very helpful over the last several years to be able to deal with the Northern Ireland executive, which was open to the benefits of renewable energy and to finding a solution that would work for the area. We are very thankful for their support.”

He said there would be six wind turbines and added it was just one of several projects planned in the North which would produce approximately 130 megawatts of energy.

The businessman said Gaelectric had completed an extensive community consultation scheme and established a fund for community projects.

Gaelectric has 25 projects at different stages of development across Ireland.

This month its energy storage branch received a mineral prospecting licence for salt which will advance the research and development of a compressed air energy and gas storage centre at Larne, Co Antrim.

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