Two major renewable energy companies have been granted planning permission to erect substantial masts to measure wind speed in the Roe Valley, the Londonderry Sentinel reports.
One firm, TCI Renewables Ltd have been granted permission to erect a 60 m-high measurement mast with a host of equipment, including eight anemometers, two wind vanes, one data logger, one photovoltaic panel and one pressure sensor at a patch of land north of the Bolea Road in Limavady.
Another firm, Gaelectric Developments have also been granted permission for the “retention of a temporary (24 months) 50 m-high wind monitoring pole” at land to the south-east of the Bolea Road.
TCI Renewables is a leading independent renewable energy business that develops, builds and operates wind projects across the UK and North America.
The company has a track record in developing both merchant wind projects for major clients and also medium to large scale green field sites often in partnership with landowners.
Gaelectric are another major firm with designs on the Roe Valley.
This is the latest development in a series of renewable energy projects in the Limavady Borough Council area over the course of the last few months.
The area itself has already been utilised by renewable energy firms, with wind farms a common feature on the landscape.