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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.


February 6, 2020 • Ireland, Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Giant windfarm may be even bigger than first planned…

A controversial wind farm that will be seen from right across Lower Lough Erne could be even bigger than originally feared. The Derrykillew and Corlea Wind Farm site is just two miles from the Commons in Belleek, but because it is on the Donegal side of the border residents in Fermanagh there was no consultation with local people during its planning stages. Donegal County Council had initially denied permission for the wind turbines, however the southern planning authority, An Board . . . Complete story »


January 28, 2020 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Glenullin windfarm plans stalled

Plans to build a new electricity substation and overhead lines in the Glenullin area have been deferred after councillors expressed concerns over potential health risks. The decision to seek further advice from the Public Health Agency emerged after a lengthy debate over an application by network operator SONI during the first planning committee meeting of the New Year, on Wednesday. Planning officers had recommended approving the planning application. However, councillors voted in favour of a proposal tabled by Alderman George . . . Complete story »


January 7, 2020 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Knock Iveagh wind turbine challenge ‘fatally undermined’

A government department responsible for heritage sites did not go to court over a controversial planning decision at an ancient monument because its grounds for an injunction had been “fatally undermined” by previous decisions. The revelation came in papers revealed under freedom of information law. It centres on an approval for a wind turbine – which is now operational – near Rathfriland in County Down. The site at Knock Iveagh is regionally significant, dating back 5,000 years. The application was . . . Complete story »


November 22, 2019 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Planning setback for Belleek windfarm over wildlife fears

A decision to refuse planning for a border windfarm near Belleek has been appealed. Planning permission for what could be one of the tallest wind farms in the county was refused by Donegal County Council over concerns in relation to wildlife. There are concerns that the windfarm will spoil views of unspoilt blanket bog from the Boa Island Road coming into Belleek and that planning permission will eventually be passed. The application proposes seven wind turbines in the Behy Mountain . . . Complete story »


September 21, 2019 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Wilson says ‘no’ to proposed wind farm overlooking Antrim Coast Road

East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson has added his voice in opposition to the proposed erection of 14 wind turbines overlooking the Antrim Coast Road. Ballygilbert Windfarm is in the early stages of being developed by RES UK and Ireland, which is based at Willowbank Business Park in Larne. Proposals were on show at a public exhibition in Ballygally Castle Hotel earlier this month. Mr Wilson said: “Some residents, while opposed to the imposition of the wind turbines, have raised concerns . . . Complete story »


September 11, 2019 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Historic and ancient landscape must be protected’

The chief planning officer for Mid-Ulster Council has expressed serious concerns about the impact of a 33-turbine wind farm near Broughderg on the historic landscape of the Sperrins. Speaking at a public inquiry into the plans by SSE Renewables, Dr Chris Bloomer, said the proposal would turn an “historic and ancient area” into an industrial one. “The entire ridgeline of the mountains will be dominated by turbines and blades if this goes ahead in an area which dates back thousands . . . Complete story »


September 6, 2019 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Destructive impact’ of Doraville wind farm

A leading Irish mountaineer has warned that plans to build the country’s biggest ever wind farm near Greencastle would “completely destroy the spectacular skylines” of the Sperrin mountains. The stark assessment from Helen Lawless, Access and Conservation officer with Mountaineering Ireland, came on the opening day of a public inquiry into the proposal by SSE Renewables to construct 33 turbines at a cost of £150 million at Doraville. It came as West Tyrone MLA, Declan McAleer and Dr Chris Bloomer . . . Complete story »


August 29, 2019 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Plans unveiled for new wind farm in Cairncastle

A public information event will take place next month over plans for a new wind farm in Cairncastle, outside Larne. The 14-turbine facility has been planned for the townlands of Ballycoos, Ballygawn and Lisnahay. An exhibition will be held at Ballygally Castle Hotel, on September 11, where proposals will be on show. The wind farm is being developed by RES UK and Ireland which is based at Willowbank Business Park in Millbrook. John Boyce, Project Manager. said: “RES, a company . . . Complete story »


August 16, 2019 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Seven-turbine wind farm outside Derry given go-ahead

A new windfarm outside Derry will provide electricity for more than 12,200 homes in the area, the company behind the project has said. The seven-turbine Barr Cregg Wind Farm has been given the go-ahead following a lengthy planning process. The company behind the scheme, Renewable Energy Systems Ltd (RES), said the turbines will be able to provide electricity for more than a fifth of households in the Derry City and Strabane District Council area. It said the project will generate . . . Complete story »


July 27, 2019 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

NI coast ‘not suitable’ for offshore wind farm

Northern Ireland’s coastline is not suitable for off-shore wind farm development due to likely objections to how they would look. The findings were included in Department of Economy report. It said the “visual impact” to potential sites based within 13km of the shore would be a “significant issue”. As a result, NI has been excluded from a 2019 leasing round by the Crown Estate which controls the seabed. However the report says offshore wind may be a possibility in the . . . Complete story »


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