Gaelectric, a renewable energy and energy storage group, officially launched its ninth operating wind farm last Friday at Roosky, Ballaghaderreen.
Roosky is a four-megawatt wind farm, comprising two German-made Enercon turbines. It will generate sufficient renewable power to provide 10,800 megawatt-hours of electricity, which is sufficient to meet the annual electricity needs of approximately 2,200 homes.
Barry Gavin, the chief operating officer of Gaelectric, said: “We are delighted to launch Roosky 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 is also one of 21 projects we are developing in Ireland, north and south. With Roosky, we now have around 175 mw of generation, which puts us well on the way towards our target of 400 mw of generating assets in Ireland by the end of 2017. Wind energy is Ireland’s energy success story. We have the lowest wind energy cost in Europe, and on a par with energy generated from gas. Wind energy is improving our energy security and helping to keep energy costs down for businesses and households.”
Gaelectric will establish a fund to support the local community. This fund will contribute an estimated €10,000 per year towards community projects, or €250,000 over the lifetime of the project.
In a press statement, the company said: “This is in addition to estimated payments of €30,000 per year in commercial rates to Roscommon County Council, or €750,000 over the lifetime of the project.
“Construction and commissioning of Roosky wind farm also contributed to the local economy, employing 60 people during its construction programme.”