Airtricity Begins Construction on Irish Wind Farm

July 25, 2002 by Jeff Shepard

Airtricity (Dublin, Republic of Ireland) has started construction of the country's largest windfarm, a 25MW facility that will be operational by early next year. Airtricity says the Euro 35 million Sligo facility at Kings Mountain will involve 10 Nordex 2.5MW turbines, which are the largest machines available.

The Irish government has approved Euro 400 million of green energy projects this year, which will double the generation from wind, hydro and biomass. Currently, seven percent of Ireland's electricity is generated from renewables, and a committee of the Assembly recently set a target of 15 percent from renewables by 2010.