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Airtricity (previously Eirtricity) was founded in 1997 in the Republic of Ireland and now is a renewable energy company owned by Scottish and Southern Energy. It is an international wind farm developer and is currently building the Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm which is the world's largest off-shore windfarm under construction.


The company was founded as Eirtricity (derived from the word √Čire, Irish for "Ireland") in 1997 by Eddie O'Connor, developed generation capacity in Ireland based in counties Cavan, Donegal, Sligo and Wexford construction, though only 7 of a planned 200 turbines were actually built. The company changed its name to Airtricity in 2002.

In 2007 Airtricity was named 'The No.1 Best Company to Work For in Ireland' by the Great Place To Work Institute.

On 15 January 2009, Airtricity obtained consent from the Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works, and Water Management for construction of the West Rhine (Dutch: West-Rijn) wind farm 40 kilometres off the Dutch North Sea coast. The wind farm will consist of up to 72 wind turbines with a total potential power capacity of around 260 MW.

Eddie O'Connor left Airtricity in 2008 and founded Mainstream Renewable Power.

In October 2009 SSE announced that the renewable energy division of Airtricity...
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