Project Being Considered
Project at a Glance:
- 5 turbines
- The maximum height to be up to 150m
- The capacity to provide clean, green energy to c. 13,870 homes
- All cables in public road to be underground, with an overhead line within private lands at a river crossing.
- There will be an on-site substation and battery energy storage system (BESS) associated with the wind farm.
- Associated works will include access tracks, turbine foundations and hardstanding areas, drainage works, temporary site compound, underground electrical and communications cables between turbines and an underground cable and short-section overhead line to connect the proposed project to an existing substation.
Local Electricity Generation
Locally generated electricity has brought many benefits to many areas in rural Ireland for many years. A significant number of jobs were brought to these areas through the harvesting of peat and there has been a significant economic gain from the production of electricity. Electricity generation in Ireland is transitioning and the energy that we are using is switching from fossil fuels including peat and coal to renewable forms of energy. This transition is our best way of taking effective action on climate change.
The potential to extract local economic and societal gain remains with the development of renewable energy projects such as wind farms. Areas that develop renewable energy projects will have the potential to benefit from substantial community benefit funds which will often equate to multi-million-euro investments in local rural areas. At Statkraft, we believe that local communities should play a major role in determining how these funds should be used to maximise the benefit in the local area.
Locally generated electricity can continue to support locally-based employment and locally-based community groups!
The communities in the area around the proposed Derrykillew Wind Farm have an opportunity to consider such a renewable project and how, if granted planning permission, this proposal could make a real difference to the local area. The fundamental principle of our community benefit packages is that we seek to work with local people to deliver increased environmental, economic and social sustainability to local communities. We would be very interested in hearing what ideas you have on how this wind farm could deliver the most benefit to you and your local area.