Newstalk
Newstalk

14.39 10 Dec 2012


Share this article


Work is beginning on the construction of a major wind energy plant in the Midlands.

28 turbines will be constructed on the Mount Lucas site in Co. Offaly making it one of the biggest wind farms in Ireland and the UK.

The announcement by Bord na Mona will create up to 150 construction jobs during the build of its new wind farm.

Advertisement

The national body representing the wind sector in Ireland - The Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) - has today welcomed the move.

'Milestone' for wind energy

Kenneth Matthews is CEO of the IWEA.

"This is another milestone in the development of wind energy in Ireland and a great example of the economic benefits that can accrue from this sector through job creation and investment in the local economy" he said.

"This project has the potential to create 150 jobs and provide enough electricity to power up to 50,000 Irish households. Its value to the local economy and the Irish economy more generally cannot be underestimated".

"Ireland is also on the verge of securing an ambitious Inter-Governmental energy trade agreement with the UK...Ireland can meet its domestic targets for 2020 but also has an opportunity to become a renewable electricity exporter of scale before 2020 and this project advances these goals considerably" he added.

The project is expected to provide a further 12 long-terms jobs when operational.


Share this article


Read more about

Business

Most Popular

Live: Title

Now playing

00:00:00 / 00:00:00
Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share


Up next

Episode title
Show
Duration

You currently have no podcasts in your queue.

Go to podcasts

On Air

The Tom Dunne Show

The Tom Dunne Show

22:00-00:00

Share

Up next

BEST OF NEWSTALK

BEST OF NEWSTALK

00:00-06:00

Share

BREAKFAST BRIEFING

BREAKFAST BRIEFING

06:00-06:30

Share

BREAKFAST BUSINESS

BREAKFAST BUSINESS

06:30-07:00

Share

NEWSTALK BREAKFAST

NEWSTALK BREAKFAST

07:00-09:00

Share

THE PAT KENNY SHOW

THE PAT KENNY SHOW

09:00-12:00

Share

LUNCHTIME LIVE

LUNCHTIME LIVE

12:00-14:00

Share

MONCRIEFF

MONCRIEFF

14:00-16:00

Share

THE HARD SHOULDER

THE HARD SHOULDER

16:00-19:00

Share

OFF THE BALL

OFF THE BALL

19:00-22:00

Share

THE TOM DUNNE SHOW

THE TOM DUNNE SHOW

22:00-00:00

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on