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17 Jun 2009 02:06:13

Irish energy company to build 800MW of US windfarms



Irish energy company to build 800MW of US windfarms
Mainstream Renewable Power has revealed plans to build a portfolio of windfarms in the US state of Illinois with a combined output of 800MW by 2013.

The renewable energy specialist has purchased three in-development wind projects from FPC Services in a deal worth more than $1.7 billion (£1 billion).

Mainstream will complete construction on the different schemes, the most advanced of which is the 120MW Shady Oaks windfarm situated in Lee County.

That facility, which is expected to generate enough power for 30,000 homes, is scheduled to go live in 2010, while the nearby 467MW Green River project is also expected to be completed next year with a third set to come online in 2013.

Dr Eddie O'Connor, chief executive of Mainstream, said that the scale of opportunity for renewable energy schemes in the US is "enormous".

He added. "Countries need large-scale indigenous energy sources such as wind power to stabilise fuel prices, create jobs, bring down carbon emissions and reduce reliance on imported fossil fuels.

"What's needed is vision, expertise and innovation and we have a team of almost 100 highly experienced staff focused on delivering these projects into operation by 2013."

Earlier this year, Mainstream was awarded planning permission to develop a £1.1 billion windfarm with a potential capacity of 360MW in the waters off the coast of Scotland.

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