Wind Power News: Northern Ireland
These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.
High winds and wintry weather lashed much of Northern Ireland yesterday. In the day’s most dramatic incident, a giant wind turbine collapsed on a remote Co Down hillside. The massive structure, near the Begny Hill Road between Dromara and Ballynahinch, was photographed lying in pieces on the ground. The images also showed a large crane active on the site amid the wreckage. The Heath and Safety Executive is investigating the incident. It is not the first time a giant wind . . .
They are used to generate electricity and this wind turbine at Ballynahinch, County Down, sparked interest from a snapper after appearing to keel over. The cause of the damage to the turbine near Begny Hill Road is still to be established. But an eagle-eyed photographer was at the scene to capture what happened. The NIdirect government website says it is best to have a turbine “high on a mast or tower, as wind speed increases with height”. It adds that . . .
A man in his 30s is recovering in hospital after falling inside a 63 metre wind turbine in Co Tyrone. The man, understood to be an engineer, suffered back injuries after falling near the top of the structure at Killeter, near Castlederg. The incident attracted a major rescue operation, involving police, paramedics and crews from the Fire and Rescue Service. David Doherty, the Fire and Rescue Service’s district commander in Omagh, said the response included two appliances from Castlederg, a . . .
Two major wind farm projects proposed for the Pigeon Top Mountain area outside Omagh have sought permission to set aside restrictions on erecting massive turbines during the bird breeding season. One of the companies involved has openly admitted that it doesn’t want to miss out on the lucrative Renewable Obligation Certificate (ROCs) payments before the government backed subsidy is finally phased out on December 31, 2018. The incentive, designed to help the Government reach its renewable energy target has been . . .
A newly constructed wind turbine near Monea has been described as “incredibly intrusive” by a man who lives across the Lough at Killadeas. Retiree John Wilson spotted the new turbine last Tuesday on the far side of Lough Erne. He has criticised the structure, stating: “You don’t get consulted on a turbine unless you live near it. I never thought anyone would be so crude to put one just across the lake.” He called for it to be removed, adding: . . .
A seven-turbine windfarm which planners fear could have an “unacceptable adverse impact” on the Antrim Coast and Glens Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) has been granted planning permission. The scheme, which is situated off the Starbog Road in the Ballykeel and Old Freehold townlands, had been recommended for refusal by planning officers. However, at a meeting of the council’s Planning Committee on December 8, councillors voted against the recommendation in order to give the site the green light. Planning . . .
A Chinese energy company has bought seven wind farm projects in Northern Ireland and a further seven in the Republic of Ireland for a reported 350m euros (£300m). The China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) has taken control of the projects from Dublin-based Gaelectric. The deal consists of 10 operating wind farms. A further four will be operational by mid-2017. Dr Wei Lu, chief executive of CGN Europe Energy, said this was the group’s first acquisition in the energy sector . . .
Planning permission for a wind farm on the outskirts of Hilltown has been refused. The application for 12 wind turbines off the Mullaghgarriff Road proved controversial during its 21 months in the planning process. The Department for Infrastructure has decided to refuse the windfarm plan taking into account planning policies, the development plan for the area in the heart of the Mournes and representations from interested parties. The applicant, ABO Wind Ltd, has now requested a hearing before the planning . . .
Mid Ulster Council has vowed to give special protection to some of Tyrone’s most famous beauty-spots. The move comes in response to neighbouring council Fermanagh and Omagh’s plans to constrain mining and wind farm development in the Clogher Valley and the Sperrins. The council has proposed that the scenic mountain ranges be turned into ‘areas of constraint on mineral development’ and the decision has been welcomed by Mid Ulster Council’s planning officials. The special protection has been awarded due to . . .
The Planning Appeals Commission (PAC) has rejected an application to overturn the council’s decision to refuse Mullaghturk wind farm. Mid Ulster District council said no to the application for seven wind turbines in the Sperrins, near Mullaghturk, in May 2015. At the time, planning committee chair, Martin Kearney, said: “Wind farms continue to cause strong reactions in rural areas.” An appeal was subsequently lodged with the PAC, but news broke late last week that this had been dismissed. Outlining reasons . . .