|Project:||Six wind turbines|
|Location:||North West of 33 Craigmore Road, Garvagh, Coleraine, Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. BT51 4EX|
|Irish Grid:||282630, 422230|
|Altitude:||90 m ASL|
|No. of Turbines:||6|
|Turbine Config:||Hub Height – up to 85 m
Rotor Diameter – up to 71 m
Overall Height – up to 120.5 m
Rating – up to 2.3 MW
|Planning Status:||Granted planning permission 22 December 2016 by the Department of Infrastructure (Planning Ref: C/2011/0459/F) for 8 turbines at up to 85 m hub height and up to 35.5 m blade length, such configuration not to exceed 120.5 m|
|Current Status:||Subject to grid connection|
The proposed development site is located on an area of rough grazing pasture, improved grassland and privately owned forestry approximately six kilometres north of Garvagh off the Craigmore Road, County Londonderry.
The proposed development consists of 6 wind turbines, one permanent metrological monitoring mast, associated transformers, substation, temporary site compound, site access tracks and associated cabling. The development has a life expectancy of 25 years, generating electricity fed back into the national grid system for subsequent sale in the All-Island Single Electricity Market.
TCI Renewables commissioned various detailed independent technical studies and assessments to be carried out at the between mid-2010 and mid-2011 on a wide-ranging number of environmental issues. Full ecology studies including birds, bats, flora & fauna, noise studies, landscape and visual assessments, geology, hydrology and archaeological assessments were carried out. The findings of these surveys are presented within the Environmental Impact Statement which accompanied the application.
Environmental and Economic Benefits:
The wind farm will produce a net saving of approximately 15,335 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 383,366 tonnes of CO2. Based on Renewable UK industry trade body evaluation methodology for average annual UK household electricity consumption of 4,700 kWh at the time of planning submission, the wind cluster is estimated to provide the equivalent electricity for approximately 7,900 homes per year.
The project will also deliver tangible benefits at a local level by offering an annual index linked community fund of £1,500 per MW of installed and operational generations for the lifetime of the project – equating to £20,700 in the first year.
In addition to this an estimated £2,800,000 will be spent in the local economy on; development, financing, legal arrangements, delivery, construction, materials, plant and auxiliary equipment. The wind farm also offers the landowning farmer an option for land use diversification on lands which are otherwise marginal in quality and which offer relatively poor returns under through the current land use of rough grazing. The single land owner involved will receive an annual income from the sale of electricity from the wind turbines hosted on his land for the lifetime of the project.
The planning application was submitted to Belfast Planning Service Headquarters, Special Studies 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, wherefrom it was subsequently called-in for determination by the Minister for Infrastructure and latterly approved by his department officials on 22 December 2016.
Copies of the planning application and the associated environmental documents may be inspected free of charge (by prior appointment only) at:
Department for Infrastructure
10-18 Adelaide Street
T: 0300 200 7830
Alternatively, electronic copies may be obtained in CD format by contacting TCI Renewables Limited