Work begins on 25 MW wind farm at Kingsmountain

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Work has started on building a 25 MW wind farm at Kingsmountain in County Sligo to supply customers of Airtricity, Ireland's largest independent supplier of green energy. In its first foothold in the Irish market, Nordex is the supplier of ten 2.5 MW turbines which will be the largest in Ireland. The EUR 35 million project is expected to be completed in early 2003. Airtricity's Eddie O'Connor explains the company had originally planned to have the wind farm operational during 2001, but were delayed in securing a grid connection from ESB National Grid. "With a project of this scale underway, Airtricity is in an even stronger position to ensure the supply of green energy to all of our customers," he says. This should avoid a repeat of the shortfall in Airtricity's supply of renewable-generated electricity to its customers in winter 2001 -- due in part to difficulties in gaining access to the national grid and a delay in importing green power from Scotland. "We are obliged to remedy this short-term situation by over supplying green power this year," says O'Connor. "The importing of green electricity from Scotland via the recently activated Moyle Interconnector, as well as energy generated by our own wind farms in Ireland, ensures we're in a position to address last year's shortfall, while continuing to supply our growing customer base."

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