Renewable energy and energy storage group, Gaelectric, officially launched its ninth operating wind farm at Leabeg, 6 km southeast of Ferbane in Co. Offaly. Leabeg is a 4.6 Megawatt wind farm comprising of two German-made Enercon wind turbines. It will generate sufficient renewable power to provide 12,000 megawatt-hours of electricity which is sufficient to meet the annual electricity needs of approximately 2,500 homes. Pupils from nearby Lumcloon National School who visited the wind farm named its two turbines ‘Sky Spinner’ and ‘White Rocket’.
Commenting at the launch, Barry Gavin, Chief Operating Officer of Gaelectric, said, “We are delighted to officially open Leabeg Wind Farm, our sixth operating wind farm in the Republic of Ireland and one of nine we now have operating on the island of Ireland. It will make an important contribution to renewable electricity generating capacity in the Irish midlands, and contribute savings in CO2 emissions of around 6,000 tonnes equivalent. With Leabeg, we now have 175MW of generating wind farms in Ireland which puts us close to the half way point of our target of 400MW of generating wind assets in Ireland by the end of 2017.”
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