Gaelectric marks opening of its fourth wind farm at Faughary in Co. Leitrim
6 MW project comprises 3 x Enercon E82 turbines that will generate sufficient power to the meet the needs of 4,000 homes
Gaelectric, the renewable energy and energy storage group, marked the opening of its latest operating windfarm at Faughary on the outskirts of Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim. The opening coincides with Global Wind Energy Day and was marked by visits by St. Claire’s and Largy schools, Manorhamilton, to Faughary Wind Farm and a competition to name and turn on each turbine.
Faughary is Gaelectric’s second operating windfarm in the Republic of Ireland and its fourth operating wind farm on the island of Ireland. It brings Gaelectric’s total operating portfolio to 66 MW, joining Carn Hill (13.8MW) in County Antrim, Dunbeg Wind Farm (42MW) in County Derry and Skrine Wind Farm (4.6MW) in County Roscommon.
Gaelectric is progressing the rollout of a portfolio of 266MW of consented wind energy projects in Ireland with the objective of achieving a total onshore portfolio of 400MW by 2017 through acquisitions and with its in-house developed projects.
Faughary is a 6 Megawatt wind farm utilising three Enercon E82 turbines with a maximum tip height of approximately 119 metres. The wind farm will generate sufficient renewable power to meet the needs of approximately 4,000 homes and business in Leitrim and the surrounding region.
Faughary Wind Farm has also contributed significantly to the local economy in local supplies and accommodation. At its peak, up to 20 people worked directly on the construction of the wind farm.