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Barnesmore Windfarm Repowering

Project Details

Location

Approximately 10 km north of Donegal Town, Co. Donegal.

Project History

We have operated Barnesmore Windfarm for over 20 years, with the site’s 25 turbines generating up to 15 megawatts of renewable power.The site, in its current form, has planning permission to operate in perpetuity.

Whilst the turbines currently perform well, newer more modern technology is available which is more reliable and capable of producing more clean energy.  We are seeking to repower the windfarm, resulting in the reuse of the site with fewer, larger, more efficient, modern turbines of greater capacity. In doing so, the benefits are maximised without the need to develop a new greenfield site.  

No. Turbines

There is likely to be up to 13 turbines. We are also investigating an opportunity to co-locate energy storage as part of this proposal.

Potential Capacity

Depending on the size and number of turbines, the generating capacity of the repowered Barnesmore Windfarm will be in the region of 60 MW.

Current Stage

The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is underway. This is a formal part of the windfarm planning process. It involves undertaking environmental surveys of the proposed site to:

  • Quantify and evaluate any potential significant environmental effects the wind windfarm may have whether positive or adverse.
  • Identify appropriate measures to eliminate, avoid, reduce or mitigate any potentially significant adverse effects

We are currently undertaking initial consultation with stakeholders at the Scoping stage of the EIA to identify key issues for us to consider when designing the windfarm.

Community Consultation 

The first round of Public Information Days (PIDs) will be held at the following locations:

  • Wednesday 1st May - Leghowney Community Hall, Leghowney, Co. Donegal. 2.00pm until 8.30pm
  • Thursday 2nd May - Mill Park Hotel, The Mullins, Mullans, Donegal, F94 HD99. 2.00pm until 8.30pm

If you are unable to attend the information days; a copy of the material presented on the day will be reproduced below following the events.

A second round of PIDs are planned prior to submitting the planning application and once the design is finalised. These will be advertised on this site and locally before the events take place.

Benefits

SPR is committed to being a responsible developer of renewable energy and we strive to be good neighbours in all areas of our work. We encourage as many people as possible to get involved in and to learn more about our projects, maximising the local economic and social benefits our developments can create.  In recent years SPR has voluntarily provided community benefit packages on all new development projects to enable the local communities hosting a windfarm to share in the benefits. If consented, it is proposed that the Repowering of Barnesmore Windfarm will offer a community benefit package.

SPR’s operational windfarms have to date contributed more than £29 million of support towards community initiatives with the preferred approach to empower local communities to determine how the fund is used to the greatest benefit locally. This has resulted in a fantastic diversity of initiatives being delivered; from improving local amenities including town halls, cinemas and local youth clubs, to supporting work experience places, educational workshops and much more. SPR would welcome contact from local community groups interested in registering to be part of community benefit discussions.

Contact

The Project Team can be contacted directly by email
 

 

 
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