Bord na Móna has selected three of its existing bogs in Co. Longford for the proposed development of a wind farm in the area. The proposed site spans across three bogs, known as Derryadd, Derryaroge, and Lough Bannow bogs, which are located in south Co. Longford. The three bog areas are generally circumscribed by the communities of Derraghan, Keenagh, Killashee and Lanesborough.
Bord na Móna has conducted a detailed site selection exercise to identify the optimal site for the development of a large-scale wind energy project. The study examined a number of cutaway sites within the Bord na Móna land bank and found that Derryadd, Derryaroge, and Lough Bannow bogs were the optimal sites for the proposed development. The company selected the proposed site for the following reasons:
The environmental assessment work at the site has shown that it is capable of accommodating approximately 90 Megawatts (MW) of
installed generating capacity. The project will essentially comprise of 24 wind turbines. Once complete, apart from access roads, normal pre-wind farm activity can resume right up to the turbine bases. It is expected that in the longer term the cutaway peatlands at Derryadd, Derryaroge and Lough Bannow will be allowed to recolonise to form a natural wildlife area.
Bord na Móna has published a revised layout for proposed Derryadd Wind Farm. The revised layout reviewed setback distances, height of turbines and subsequently the number of turbines against the new draft criteria outlined in the Preferred Draft Approach. More on this can be found on the Derryadd website.