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Element Power links with Irish forester for 3GW wind plan

Element Power has signed an option agreement to lease land from Irish forestry company Coillte for possible wind farm development, as part of its Greenwire plan to export 3GW of power to the UK.

The deal gives Element Power the potential to incorporate a selection of Coillte sites within clusters of wind farms being developed for the Greenwire project across the counties of Kildare, Laois, Meath, Offaly and Westmeath.

Greenwire has a link to the UK National Grid in place, having earlier in the year secured two connection points in Wales.

Chief executive of Element Power Ireland Tim Cowhig says: “This is another great milestone for Greenwire. In July we signed firm grid connection contracts with the UK National Grid and in November the UK published their Energy Bill facilitating the import of renewable energy into Britain.

“We now welcome Coillte as Greenwire’s first strategic partner and will be identifying others in reaching final definition of this ground-breaking project.

“We intend having option agreements with all landowners who wish to participate in this project completed and signed early next year with a view to submitting a planning application by the end of 2013,” adds Cowhig.