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 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.
It is envisaged that the wind farm will comprise of 22 turbines. The proposed maximum height of the turbines will be 170m. The layout of the wind farm has been developed with reference to a number of criteria:
Setback distance: The proposed setback distance in the draft wind energy development guidelines is 500m. Due to a combination of constraints, the distance to the nearest house from a turbine on the proposed layout is in excess of 700m.
Noise: The layout has been designed to meet the draft proposed 40 dB (A) noise limit value.
Clonbullogue Village: The nearest turbine will be more than 2km from the village core – in accordance with the Offaly County Development Plan 2014 – 2020.
Clonbullogue Aerodrome: A setback distance of 2.7 km from the centre of the runway has been applied.
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.
To view the proposed layout of the wind farm please download our map.