Gaelectric, a renewable energy and energy storage group, officially inaugurated their latest wind farm project at Cloonty in Co. Antrim.
The 9.2MW wind farm came at a hefty investment of £13.4million and will generate enough electricity to power 5000 homes each year. The project is composed of four Enercon wind turbines with blade tip heights of 110m.
Gaelectric currently has a total of 184MW of installed wind power, with another five projects currently under construction in Ireland.
According to the press release, the company has been approved for nine wind farms across Northern Ireland, with the first one being Carn Hill installed back in May 2013, but is also ‘ leading the development of energy storage in Northern Ireland with a unique Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) facility in Larne, Co. Antrim.’
Head of Corporate Affairs for Gaelectric Developments Ltd, Patrick McClughan, said:
“It is important to Gaelectric that local communities close to the Cloonty wind farm have the opportunity to share in the social and economic benefits of this renewable energy development. To ensure this happens in a tangible way we have launched the Cloonty Community Benefit Fund, which has the objective of supporting local community projects within the area. Independently administered and managed on behalf of Gaelectric by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, the Fund will provide grant support of between £500 and £5,000 to local community and voluntary groups which are delivering projects that support community cohesion in the area. Community projects will be able to access approximately £250,000 over the 25 year lifespan of the project.”