Windfarm

The Spion Kop Windfarm was commissioned in 1998, and was supported by the Thermie programme, a programme operated by the European Commission to support the demonstration of innovative energy technology. This wind farm is located on Corry mountain, on the Leitrim Roscommon border, on a plateau 400m above sea level. It is located in the site of the old opencast mine, and so continuing the energy production from the Arigna valley.

The wind farm consists of 2 x 600 kw Vestas turbines, from which the power output is supplied to the plant. If this output is insufficient, the extra electricity needed is purchased from the E.S.B. The inverse is also true, in that if there is excess electricity generated by the turbines, it is sold on to the E.S.B.