Plans for new Kildare wind farm have been lodged

Between Rathangan and Monasterevin

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“Plans have been lodged with the council for a new wind farm in County Kildare.

Ummeras Wind Farm Ltd wants to build five 169m turbines on lands between Rathangan and Monasterevin with some works also taking place in Offaly.

The proposal is earmarked for the townlands of Ummeras Beg, Coolatogher, Mullaghroe Lower, Ummeras More and Coolsickin/Quinsborough. 

The plans also include an electrical substation, underground cabling, access tracks and a 100m metrological mast.

Permission is being sought for ten years, while the windfarm has an expected operational lifespan of 30 years. A separate application is being submitted to Offaly County Council to allow changes to a road junction to facilitate the delivery of the  turbines onsite. 

An Environmental Impact Statement and Natura study have been submitted with the application. 

It's understood Statkraft is the company behind the project. 

Submissions can be made by members of the public by February 25. A decision is due from the council by March 18.

Ummeras Wind Farm Ltd's directors are Donal O'Sullivan, Cork; Alan Goggins, Kerry and Kevin O'Donovan, Cork.

Meanwhile, community engagement clinics on Bord na Mon'a's proposed Ballydermot Wind Farm have been postponed due to the current Covid restrictions.

On it's website, the company said: “We will continue to assess the current situation in conjunction with the Governments review of restrictions.

“With that in mind we hope to be in a position to hold these clinics in spring 2021 and will provide updates as we have them.”

It's wind farm proposal is for bogland near Rathangan, Derrinturn, Allenwood, Edenderry and Clonbullogue. The full details of the project have not yet been decided.

A 12 turbine wind farm has already been approved for the north of the county. An Bord Pleanála overturned the council’s refusal of North Kildare Farm Ltd’s plans for the Drehid Wind Farm near Carbury.