Bord na Móna’s interest in bringing forward new wind farms is a result of the company’s need to transition from a reliance on finite peat resources, but it is also due to the suitability of our significant land base for the development of wind farms.
Government policy has set a target for 40% of the electricity consumed in 2020 to be generated from renewable resources, within an overall renewable energy target of 16%.
It is acknowledged that wind energy will provide the main component of Ireland’s renewable electricity at that time. Looking beyond 2020, Ireland will have to meet even more demanding climate change and renewable energy supply obligations in order to play its part in achieving the European climate and energy ambitions.
Our proposed projects will contribute to both Ireland’s and the European Union’s renewable energy targets. In addition, Ireland has one of the highest external dependencies on imported sources of energy, such as coal, oil and natural gas. The development of additional indigenous wind capacity will not only help to reduce carbon emissions but will also improve Ireland’s security of energy supply.
Bord na Móna has a strong track record of siting, designing and delivering wind farms within its cutaway peatlands, such as Bellacorick, Bruckana and Mountlucas Wind Farms.
In line with ongoing company strategy, Bord na Móna is proposing to develop a wind farm on Cloncreen bog. Cloncreen bog is located close to the eastern boundary of Co. Offaly. The village of Clonbullogue lies to the south east at a distance of approximately 2km. The villages of Daingean and Rhode are to the west and northwest at distances of 9 and 6 km respectively. Edenderry town is located between 4 and 5km to the North east. The village of Rathangan (in Co. Kildare) is located between 7 and 8km to the south east. The surrounding landscape is a mixture of forestry, agricultural land and cutaway peatland. The purpose of the Cloncreen Wind Farm is to generate renewable electricity for the domestic electricity market in Ireland.
The proposed maximum height of the turbines will be 170m. The new revised layout consists of 22 turbines. Amendments to the initial layout of the wind farm arose in part, due to feedback received at the Public Consultation events in December 2015.
As stated last December, the layout of the wind farm has also been developed with reference to a number of criteria some of which are outlined below:
The proposed wind farm will give rise to a range of benefits at a local level. At peak construction it is estimated that between 100 – 120 people will be employed on the site. Once in operation the wind farm will support 6 – 8 long term, high quality technical jobs in operation and maintenance. Local communities will also benefit from rates paid by the wind farm to the Local Authority supporting the provision of local services, a community benefit scheme and the upgrading of road infrastructure where necessary in the local area.
To find out more on the proposed development please download our information leaflet.
If you missed our public consultations in December 2015 and would like to view the information that was on display please download our Information Panels.
On 27th October 2016, Bord na Móna submitted planning for the proposed Cloncreen Wind Farm. View a copy of the planning application here.
In line with ongoing company strategy, Bord na Móna is proposing to develop a wind farm on Derryadd, Derryaroge and Lough Bannow bogs located in south Co. Longford. The three bog areas on which the proposed wind farm will be located are generally circumscribed by the communities of Derraghan, Keenagh, Killashee and Lanesborough. The proposed wind farm will be known as Derryadd Wind Farm, after one of the townlands in which it is proposed to be located. The purpose of the Derryadd Wind Farm will be to generate renewable electricity for the domestic electricity market in Ireland.
To learn more about this project click here.
Sliabh Bawn Wind Farm, Co. Roscommon
In January 2016 Bord na Móna and Coillte agreed terms on a 50/50 joint venture to develop a 64MW windfarm in Co. Roscommon known as Sliabh Bawn Wind Farm. The 20 turbine wind farm will have an export capacity of 58 Megawatts (MW) which will supply the equivalent of approximately 37,700 households.
Certain drainage works unrelated to the wind farm development but on the same site are proposed to be carried out. Bord na Móna has carried out a screening for appropriate assessment on these proposed works and has reached a decision that the proposed works are screened out. Download information on that decision, recommendations, and the relevant screening report on which this decision is based.
Learn more about Sliabh Bawn project.
Bord na Móna also has a joint venture with the ESB for the development of a wind farm in Bellacorick, Co. Mayo to be known as Oweninny Wind Farm. The proposed wind farm site is located in North Mayo, west of Crossmolina and east of Bangor Erris, just north of the N59 road. The site comprises some 50 km2 and was formerly utilised for peat harvesting by Bord na Móna to provide fuel for the former ESB Bellacorick peat fired power station. Learn more about Oweninny Wind Farm.