Dunbeg wind farm marks milestone for GaelectricBy Gary McDonald Business Editor
14-TURBINE wind farm capable of powering 24,000 homes a year was opened yesterday in Dunbeg, a rural area between Limavady and Coleraine.
The facility - one of the biggest ever contracted in Northern Ireland -- represents a £58 million investment by renewable energy firm Gaelectric.
The 42 megawatt wind farm is Gaelectric's second in the north (it adds to the £20m Carn Hill farm opened in Newtownabbey 18 months ago) and is part of its plans to construct and commission a portfolio of around164 megawatts of wind energy projects across Ireland by 2017.
"This marks a major milestone for our business and further strengthens Gaelectric's platform in the energy market," the supplier's chief executive Brendan McGrath said yesterday.
"Our total permitted portfolio now stands at 140 megawatts in Northern Ireland and represents a total investment of £170m. It consolidates our position as the largest indigenous renewable energy company here, and we are proud to make a significant contribution to Northern Ireland's renewable energy targets."
Over the last 10 years Gaelectric has progressed an