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Wind farm opens on County Wexford site earmarked for nuclear

Minister in charge of energy, Dermot Ahern, has opened County Wexford's first wind farm on a site once earmarked for Ireland's first nuclear power station. The 12 MW project was built by Hibernian Wind Power -- a subsidiary of electricity utility ESB -- at Carnsore Point in the south eastern tip of Ireland. Over 25 years ago the site was the setting for major protests over a proposed nuclear plant. Output from the 14 Vestas 850 kW turbines will be sold to ESB Independent Energy and green power supplier Airtricity. Carnsore wind farm is the third to be built without subsidies under Ireland's liberalised market for renewables. Ahern officially unveiled the project on April 24 -- the closing date of the sixth round of the Alternative Energy Requirement competition, which the government hopes will help deliver its target of 500 MW of renewables by 2005.

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