Bord na Móna is proposing to develop a wind farm on the Ballydermot Bog Group located in Counties Kildare and Offaly. The proposed development will be known as Ballydermot Wind Farm.
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How many turbines are proposed for the development?
Resulting from the development of the draft wind turbine layout there are 50 turbines proposed for the Ballydermot Wind Farm project.
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What height are the proposed turbines and how close are they to people's homes?
The proposed turbines will have an overall blade tip height of up to 220 metres.
What setback distance has been applied from houses?
The turbine layout has been designed with a minimum setback distance of 4 times the tip height (880 metres) to the nearest house.
When will a planning application be lodged?
It is envisaged that a planning application will be lodged in Summer 2022 for the proposed development. It is intended to submit the planning permission application directly to An Bord Pleanála, under the provisions of the Planning and Development (Strategic Infrastructure) Act 2006. An initial approach is therefore being made to An Bord Pleanála seeking a determination in relation to the Strategic Infrastructure Development (SID) status, or otherwise, of the proposed wind farm development.
What land area will the proposed wind farm occupy?
The Ballydermot Bogs that form part of the proposed development area compromise circa 5,580 hectares. Only approximately 5% of this area will be used for turbine bases, crane hard-standings and access tracks, so much of the land area will not be required by the development. This means that it can be utilised for other purposes, such as biodiversity and amenity.
Where will the power from the proposed wind farm go?
The electricity generated by the turbines will be transmitted directly onto Ireland’s National Grid which is managed by EirGrid for distribution around the country. The proposed development will make a significant contribution to Irelands Climate Action Plan 2019, which has a set a target of 8.2GW of onshore wind capacity by 2030.
What stage is the project at now?
The project team is conducting a number of onsite surveys including ecology surveys, ornithology surveys, aquatic surveys, heritage surveys and site investigation work. In addition to these site works, we are also looking to consult with the community on the draft wind turbine layout.
How can I provide feedback on the proposed development to Bord na Móna?
We encourage feedback through a number of channels including:
• Through the Project’s Community Liaison Officers: Niall and James. For their contact details, click here
• Via the project’s dedicated email address: firstname.lastname@example.org