Irish Energy Minister cuts ribbon on 4.4-MW community wind park
Sep 17, 2013 - Ireland’s Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte on Monday dedicated a 4.4-MW wind farm in Ireland, the first community-owned wind scheme in the country.
The Templederry wind farm is situated in Ireland’s Tipperary county. Its owner is a cooperative of local students, farmers and a priest. The installation is estimated to generate about 15 GWh of electricity each year, enough to supply 3,500 homes. It is already feeding its output into the power grid.
On the occasion Minister Rabbitte reiterated his commitment to prepare in the coming year a framework for Irish renewable energy projects that export their output.
Rabbitte also said that the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, the Department of Energy and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland are working to change some aspects of the country’s existing wind energy planning guidelines. The revised guidelines will be subject to consultation in the first quarter of 2014, with the aim of adopting them by the middle of next year.
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