The green dots are the locations of the proposed turbines
Bord na Mona has published the proposed locations for its 50 turbines as part of the Ballydermot Wind Farm.
The project, if approved would be the biggest onshore wind farm in Ireland, producing up to 270MW of electricity, enough to power 150,000 homes for a year.
The project straddles bogland between Rathangan, Allenwood, Derrinturn, Edenderry and Clonbullogue. There are 911 homes within 2,000m of the 220m high turbines, including 45 houses within 1,000m. Bord na Mona intends to lodge the planning application directly to An Bord Pleanála in summer 2022. It is hoping to hold community clinics in the locality in July and August. For further information, log on to www.ballydermotwindfarm.ie
Meanwhile, Senator Fiona O’Loughlin said she is concerned over the potential of a large-scale wind farm in the Rathangan area.
“Last week in the Seanad I promoted the proposal for a national peatlands park in the bog of Allen area. Sadly, yesterday morning I raised something that could negatively impact on this proposal.
“Having successfully fought against both the Maighne and Umeras windfarm proposals, we in Rathangan now find yet another proposal on a huge scale. Bord na Mona are proposing 50 wind turbines at a height of 220 metres each.
“This at a time when we are developing the Blueway, Lullymore heritage park is developing and expanding, and the Umeras peatland park proposal is in its infancy. Together with the negative impact on the Equestrian industry, on local residents’ quality of life and on the landscape of the area I believe it will have a negative impact on the area.
“I have no doubt that this proposal will be resisted very strongly by the local community, and I will be available to assist them in any way they need”
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