€14m wind farm could supply 9,000 homes

A €14m wind farm began turning its turbines yesterday along the Cork-Kerry border, generating clean energy for the region.

The Caherdowney wind farm is operated by Energia Renewables, and is owned by Energia Renewables and the Irish Infrastructure Fund.

At full capacity, the wind farm can churn out 9.2MW of renewable electricity, enabling it to provide enough power for more than 9,000 homes.

The main body of the facility’s four turbines stands 64.5 metres and their rotor blades have a diameter of 70 metres. The site was chosen due to its high average wind speeds.

Managing director of Energia Renewables, Peter Baillie, said that the support from the local community had been key to the success of the project.

“We want to extend a big thank you to the local community for the support it has given this project,” said Mr Baillie.

“The development of Caherdowney is a very positive step forward for renewable energy in Ireland and local support for the project is a key element to their success.”

Energia Renewables is one of the largest green energy companies in Ireland and has 550MW of operational renewable electricity capacity contracted within its energy portfolio, with a further 290MW of wind farm projects currently in development across Ireland.

Energia Renewables said that, as part of its development plan, it has invested €200m in Irish wind farms.

“As part of our commitment to the environment, Energia Renewables has invested €200m in developing renewable sources of energy,” said Mr Baillie. “Our most recent projects are at Corkermore and Drumlough Hill wind farms in Co Donegal, and Crighshane and Church Hill in Co Tyrone.”


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