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ESB propose installation of new Cork-Kerry windfarms


The ESB has today lodged an application with An Bord Pleanála for the installation of a major wind farm spanning across Cork and Kerry.

The application by ESB Wind Development Ltd for Grousemount Wind Farm which has a projected rating of more than 50 megawatts (MW) has been lodged with An Bord Pleanála as a strategic infrastructure development.

The total site area proposed for the installations is 1,465 hectares of privately-owned land, which is to be leased by the ESB.

Due to controversy surrounding the development of windfarms, which are reported to destroy ecosystems, the application was accompanied by letters of consent from 28 landowners, including An Coillte.

The proposed wind farm comprises of 38 turbines with a hub height of up to 80m, each with a 2.5-3.5 MW rating, on foundations and standings.

The turbines will have a rotor diameter of up to 112m while the overall height of the structures will be up to 126m.

“With few exceptions, the site, east of Kilgarvan and west of Ballyvourney is not visible,” the ESB said in it its submission.

Submissions can be made up to the 2 November to An Bord Pleanála and a decision is due by the 15th March, 2016.

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