Renewable energy firm makes £18.3m investment in Northern Ireland

15 Sep 2010
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Renewable energy firm makes £18.3m investment in Northern Ireland

Some 6,500 homes in Northern Ireland will be powered by renewable energy after it was announced that a new wind farm is to be created.

The Cregganconroe wind farm in Pomeroy will include five wind turbines and Irish renewable energy company Gaelectric is spending £18.3 million on the development of the site.

Brendan McGrath, chief executive of Gaelectric, explained that his company has been working on planning permission for renewable energy developments all over the country.

He said: "Policymakers must ensure that renewable energy, which is an indigenous industry, is properly resourced. Only by investing in this area will its green jobs potential be fully realised in a timely manner."

Gaelectric is currently working on renewable energy developments in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, as well as in the US, where it has several projects in development.

One of these is at Harlowton in Montana, where 180 turbines are set to be installed, generating power for around 175,000 homes. 

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