Project Being Considered
At present, wind energy in the Derrykillew area consists of the Derrykillew Community Wind Farm which was granted planning permission in 2016. There is a potential opportunity to increase the output of the Community Wind Farm while creating synergies between this and the proposed Derrykillew Wind Farm Extension.
- There is potential to add 1 additional turbine to the Community Wind Farm and it is proposed to bring up to 7 turbines in an adjacent area into planning.
- It is proposed that a maximum tip height of 150m would apply to all turbines
- Derrykillew Community Wind Farm – 1 additional turbine
- Derrykillew Extension Wind Farm – Consists of 7 turbines
Where are the areas being considered?
The Derrykillew Wind Farm Extension area under consideration centres around a tract of upland forestry.
This is approximately:
- 2.6 km north of Belleek
- 5 km northeast of Ballyshannon
The additional turbine on the Derrykillew Community Wind Farm is located in a bogland area and would be approximately 4 km from Belleek.
This proposal has the potential to assist in delivering initiatives that would ensure that locally generated electricity will support local communities providing increased economic, environmental and social sustainability.
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.