Winds of change: Facebook chooses county Kilkenny site to power company into the future
Facebook has chosen a Kilkenny site to create the power to run its operations located in Ireland.
The social media giant has agreed a deal with Brookfield Renewable Partners to buy the energy produced by the Lisheen III wind farm which will be completed close to Urlingford in two year’s time.
The move to purchase the energy created by the wind farm is part of Facebook’s green policy in which they are attempting to the powered wholly by green energy by the end of the year.
The Lisheen III windfarm, which is located on the site of the former Lisheen Mine will be capable of producing enough energy to power 20,000 homes.
The county Kilkenny site was selected due to the close proximity to the M7 and M8 motorways and the nearby workforce. The site will house eight turbines across counties Kilkenny and Laois, and recently Kilkenny County Council approved plans to increase the size of the turbine rotor diametre from 113mts to 136 mts.