Dunmore 2 Wind Farm
|Project:||Eight wind turbines|
|Location:||640 m East of Largantea Bridge, close to the junction of Windyhill Road/Bolea Road, Limavady, Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland|
|Irish Grid:||274509, 428433|
|Altitude:||165 m to 237 m|
|No. of Turbines:||8|
|Turbine Config:||Hub Height – up to 85 m
Rotor Diameter – up to 93 m
Overall Height – up to 125 m
Rating – up to 3.0 MW
|Planning Status:||Granted planning permission at planning appeal on 15 June 2018 (PAC Ref: 2017/A0023 to planning reference B/2013/0241/F) for 8 x up to 3.0 MW turbines at up to 85 m hub height and up to 93 m rotor diameter, such configurations not to exceed a maximum overall height of 126 m|
|Current Status:||Subject to grid connection|
The proposed development site is located within and immediately adjacent to the operational approved Dunmore Wind Farm (Planning Ref.: B/2007/0563/F), on upland grazing pasture on the western side of Formoyle Hill, approximately 8 km North East of Limavady, County Londonderry.
The proposed development is an extension to the now operational Dunmore Wind Farm, comprising 8 turbines, up to a maximum of 126 m tip height, associated transformers, 2 permanent anemometer masts, communication tower, extension of existing tracks and construction of new site access tracks, temporary amendments to the junction of the Bolea Road and Windyhill Road, gates, substation and site control room, electrical cabling, a temporary site compound, two site entrances, minor road improvement works on Bolea Road and all other associated and ancillary works. The development has a life expectancy of 25 years, generating electricity which will be fed into the national grid system for subsequent sale in the All-Island Single Electricity Market.
Environmental and Economic Benefits:
The wind farm will produce a net saving of approximately 26,940 tonnes of CO2 per annum through displacement of fossil fuel fired generation. Over the 25 year life of the wind farm it will displace, at current comparisons, approximately 659,494 tonnes of CO2. Based on the Renewable UK industry trade body evaluation methodology for average annual UK household electricity consumption of 3,781 kWh at the time of project evaluation, this development will provide the equivalent electricity for approximately 17,181 homes per year.
In addition to the environmental benefits Dunmore 2 Wind Farm will deliver real and tangible benefits at a local level. Once the wind farm is operational a dedicated community fund will be established into which an annual fund of £24,000 per annum will be committed for the 25 year lifetime of the project.
An estimated £24.8 million will be spent in the delivery of this project and of this, an estimated £3.72 million will be spent in the local economy in project development, financing, legal arrangements, delivery, construction, materials, plant and auxiliary equipment. The wind farm also offers the two landowning farmers an option for diversification of these uplands which are otherwise marginal in quality and offering relatively poor returns under their current animal grazing land use. The landowners will each receive an annual income from the sale of the electricity generated by their respective land hosted wind turbines for the lifetime of the project.
The planning application was submitted to Belfast Planning Service Headquarters, Renewable Energy Team in late October 2013, as later transferred to Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council in Coleraine for consideration and determination following local government reform in April 2015. The planning application was accompanied by a full Environmental Impact Assessment / Environmental Statement.
Copies of the planning application and the associated environmental documents may be inspected free of charge (by prior appointment only) at:
Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council
Local Planning Office
66 Portstewart Road
T: 028 7034 7100
Alternatively, electronic copies may be obtained in CD format by contacting TCI Renewables Limited.