Wind farm to go live in September

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Derry’s first wind farm will start producing power in September - seven years after plans were first put forward.

Work got underway last August at the Curryfree windfarm - located between between Drumahoe and Donemana - which, when completed, will generate enough renewable energy to power around 8000 homes.

Plans to build the six-turbine wind farm were first put forward by Renewable Energy Services (RES), one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies on behalf of the south’s state owned utility company ESB, in September 2004.

After a slight alteration to the original plans, planning permission was granted in May 2008.

ESB spokesman Kieran O’Neil says work on the wind farm has gone relatively smoothly and it is close to becoming fully operational.

“It is expected that the windfarm will start producing, commissioning and testing energy from the end of April and that commercial operation will begin in mid September. It is estimated that this windfarm will produce enough energy for 8,000 homes.”

The final stages of the wind farms construction will this moth see the see the delivery of the blades, towers and nacelles.

The turbines will be transported from Lisahally docks on special heavy goods vehicles with a police escort.