Element Power building $86m wind farm in Ireland

Element Power have confirmed that they are to spend up to $86m on a new wind powered electricity project in Tipperary, Ireland.

The development is part of a $9.8bn investment to construct 40 Irish wind farms aimed at export of electricity to Britain via underwater cables, although this particular plant will supply Ireland alone.

The Irish Times reports that a 36 MW wind farm at Monaincha, Co Tipperary is to be built, which it hopes will be close to completion in a year’s time, with Nordex the chosen turbine supplier..

Kevin O’Donovan, (pictured on 1st left) the company’s chief development officer for Ireland, said energy minister Pat Rabbitte’s recent decision to introduce a new round of supports for green energy had prompted it to move ahead with the project.

Element said it had a deal with the British national grid to take 3,000MW of electricity annually, paving the way for energy exports worth an estimated €1.2 billion a year.

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