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Gaelectric plans £18.3M wind farm

Renewable energy company Gaelectric will invest more than £18.3M in the construction of a new wind farm in Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland.

The Cregganconroe wind farm will contain five wind turbines and be able to generate enough electricity to power 6,500 homes when it is operational.

The 11.5MW farm is one of 25 projects Gaelectric currently has in development across the country, with the first wind farm in Roscommon expected to be commissioned by the end of the year.

Chief executive of Gaelectric Brendan McGrath said: “Gaelectric plans to continue its high level of investment in Northern Ireland over the coming years. To achieve this we need an efficient planning system that has sufficient resources to deal with the current workload.

“It is critical that Planning Service staff that have built up a level of hard-learned expertise in this specialist area are not now redeployed in the current Northern Ireland civil service reorganisation.

“Policy makers 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.”

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