A Spanish utility company to create 40 new jobs in Sligo

A Spanish utility company is to create 40 new jobs in Sligo.

Iberdrola is to begin selling electricity to homes in Ireland.

Spanish utility company Iberdrola has revealed plans to spend €100m on Irish wind farms.

The company will employ more than 100 sales staff – 40 of which they say will be based in a services operation in Sligo and 10 people in an office in Dublin.

Iberdrola has been operating in Ireland for around 20 years through its UK business, Scottishpower, which owns several wind farms here, including Barnesmore, Co Donegal.

It’s understood it will begin selling electricity to domestic customers this week and intends adding natural gas and dual fuel in October.

Iberdrola’s move will pitch it against State company ESB, Bord Gáis Energy and also Airtricity.

The company says it also intends offering domestic chargers for electric cars- something for which demand is expected to grow as the Government plans to have 1million electric cars on the road by 2030.