Unshinagh Wind Farm has the capability to provide cheap electricity to 70,000 homes and businesses in Northern Ireland

Unshinagh Wind Farm has the capability to provide cheap electricity to 70,000 homes and businesses in Northern Ireland

RES has submitted a planning application for their fourteen-turbine Unshinagh Wind Farm, four kilometres west of Carnlough in Northern Ireland.

If approved, Unshinagh would deliver one of the cheapest forms of new electricity generation for around 70,000 homes.

Not only could Unshinagh benefit the local community with a vital economic boost, but it will also create skilled, sustainable jobs and help to drive a cleaner and more resilient economy. It’s estimated that the development would involve a capital spend of £61 million. Of this total, £24.7 million will be realised within the Northern Ireland economy. The projected 12-month construction phase is estimated to create and sustain £3.37- £5.96 million of wages, which will be achieved by job creation and economic activity through construction and the potential of local labour involvement.

RES has been gathering detailed environmental and technical information about the site and has received valuable feedback during the public consultation. The results of the environmental work, together with the consultation feedback, has been used to inform the detailed design of the proposed wind farm.

Jennifer McCorry, Senior Development Manager at RES, commented: “It is more important than ever that we build back better, and the Unshinagh Wind Farm would do just this, while delivering £24.7 million of investment in the form of jobs and contracts for local businesses.

“Northern Ireland’s Path to Net Zero aims to achieve 80% of our electricity generations from renewables by 2030 and Unshinagh would play an important role in achieving this. Moreover, the wind farm would allow us to generate more of our energy needs domestically and at least cost for consumers.”

In Northern Ireland, RES has developed and/or constructed twenty-two onshore wind farms equating to over a quarter of Northern Ireland’s onshore wind capacity and has a record of using local companies to develop, construct and operate renewable energy projects.

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