Ballybane Windfarm uses state of the art technology to produce clean, renewable electricity, demonstrating Murnane & O’Shea’s commitment to the future. The windfarm consists of 13no. 2.3mw wind turbines which generates 22.58mw of electricity at present which feeds into the national grid.
Renewable energy resources are abundantly available in Ireland. They offer sustainable alternatives to our dependency on fossil fuels as well as a means of reducing harmful greenhouse emissions and opportunities to reduce our reliance on imported fuels. Renewable energy resources are constantly replenished through the cycles of nature – their supply will never be exhausted. Fossil fuels, on the other hand, are finite resources. They will become increasingly scarce and expensive to extract and supplies will become concentrated in politically volatile areas of the world before reserves are finally exhausted.
A gradual shift towards using renewable energy would mean:
- reduced CO2 emissions
- secure and stable energy supply for the long term
- reduced reliance on expensive fuel imports
- investment and employment in our indigenous renewable energy projects, often in rural and underdeveloped areas
Wind energy provides a clean, sustainable solution to our energy problems. It can be used as an alternative to fossil fuels in generating electricity, without the emission of greenhouse gases. And there will always be wind; it is inexhaustible and renewable.
It is envisaged that wind power will make the most significant contribution to the achievement of national and international targets for green electricity, due to its environmental benefits and increasing competitiveness.