Farmers behind the plans for big Clare wind farm, creating upto 300 jobs

Plans have been

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announced for the country’s largest community wind farm to be developed

on Mount Callan in County Clare. The project represents an investment

of €200m, and will be capable of meeting the energy needs of all of

Clare and half of County Limerick.

30 farm families will have the biggest shareholding in the new

company – West Clare Renewable Energy – which is behind the project.

They collectively own more than 3,000 acres of mostly elevated land

on Mount Callan – between Ennis and Miltown Malbay – where it is

planned to construct 30 three megawatt wind turbines. 300 jobs are

expected to be provided during the two and a half year construction

phase.

Efforts to develop a wind farm in the Mount Callan area has been

going on for 15 years. Local landowner John Talty said the plan was

designed to create long-term sustainable employment , reverse

depopulation in the area, and help struggling farmers to secure an

alternative form of income.

The project is also in line with Government plans to invest in

cleaner energy sources. Ireland is currently 90% dependent on fossil

fuels for electricity generation, and spends several billion euro each

year on imported fuels.

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