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.
A company which spent more than a decade trying to obtain planning permission for a wind farm in the Scraghey area has finally succeeded. Altgolan Windfarm Ltd originally applied for 13 turbines – each with a height of 125metres – at the site near Blacktown at the Donegal border, close to the road linking Killen and Ederney. The company was started by Doreen Walker and Mark Lippa, who reside in the Stevenage area of Hertfordshire. The pair are behind a series of . . .
A 48-tonne crane toppling over on Pigeon Top outside Omagh prompted a major operation over the weekend. The £750,000 construction vehicle had been on the way to Cornavarrow Wind Farm on Saturday when the mishap occurred. It is understood that part of the road subsided and the heavy crane toppled over, part landing on the mountainside. No-one was injured in the incident. Preparatory works were carried out on Sunday to stabilise ground so that another crane might be deployed to . . .
Local residents who will be affected by Bord na Mona’s proposal to erect 28 wind turbines on the bogland at Derryadd attended a public meeting yesterday evening in Lanesboro, where they discussed the implications of the wind farm on the local area. The meetings included a presentation by the Golden Eagle Trust, suggesting that the area would serve well as a wetlands wilderness park and a tourist asset instead. Sue Moles from the National Wildlife Service also attended the meeting . . .
The company behind a controversial wind turbine in Barnmeen has stopped the turbine until repairs are carried out to help noise levels. The decision to halt the blades for two weeks comes in the wake of a meeting of Barnmeen Residents’ Group last week. Neighbours are concerned about the turbine’s noise and its impact on the nearby community and environment. Ballee & Harryville Community Enterprise from Ballymena, a social economy project and charity, told this paper that the turbine will . . .
Two separate applications to erect 45 metre tall wind turbines on Creevagh Hill above Derry have been shot down by Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Planning Committee on the grounds that they would blight the countryside and cityscape. Farmer Mr. J. Middleton applied for permission to erect a large turbine on the eastern slopes of Creevagh Hill 140 metres North West of 12 Heather Road on farmland behind Creggan. His near neighbour, Mr. G. Foster, lodged a similar bid . . .
There is a trend of wind turbines to the west of Rathfriland and to the west of Kinallen, according to council. These areas have a “medium level of concentration of wind energy development” according to council analysis. They have looked at all planning decisions issued for single turbines since 2002-2016 as part of the local development plan and found these areas have proved popular for wind turbine investment. From 2002-2004 there were only four approvals for wind turbines and there . . .
A wind farm on the outskirts of Hilltown could still be on the cards as an appeal against its refusal will be heard later this year. A notice of opinion to refuse planning permission for 12 wind turbines off the Mullaghgarriff Road was issued by the then Minister of the Department of Infrastructure (DfI) Chris Hazzard last November. However, the applicant ABO Wind Ltd wished to “have the opportunity to appear before and be heard by the Planning Appeals Commission . . .
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 . . .