Xiangtan Electric Manufacturing Corporation has invested EUR18m ($26m) in its first European wind turbine venture to develop farms with Gaelectric Holdings in Ireland.

The investment will see development of three sites totaling 13.6 MW in Roscommon, Offaly and Westmeath. Xiangtan Electric has also agreed to develop Gaelectric’s pipeline of wind projects in Ireland.

Chinese turbine makers are seeking to expand in Europe as the region adds wind farms to cut reliance on fossil fuels. Sinovel Wind Group Co. agreed a deal with Ireland’s Mainstream Renewable Power Limited. in July and teamed up with Athens-based Public Power Corp. SA to develop plants in Greece in April.

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