The Proposed Project
This proposal is for a 12 turbine wind farm which would provide green energy to over 35,000 Irish houses. The area that this wind farm will center around consists of the townlands of Moanvane, Kilcooney, Bogtown Kilcappagh, Ballykean & Enaghan.
A grid connection application is also being progressed. This will allow the wind farm to connect to the Irish electricity grid system and will in involve the townlands of Rathfeston, Ballykean, Ballyduff, Raheenbeg, Kilcooney, Ballintogher, Gorteenkeel and Ballynakill, Co. Offaly. For more information on this please visit the Grid Connection tab.
Moanvane Wind Farm at a glance:
- The project would supply renewable electricity for the Irish Electricity Grid System for use in Ireland
- It will comprise of up to 12 wind turbines
- With an output in the region of 48MW, it will have the capacity to provide green energy to over 35,000 Irish homes
- The maximum tip height - 169m
- There will be an onsite substation
- All cabling will be placed underground
- Material for the construction of the roads and hardstanding areas will be sourced as locally as possible in order to minimise the number of traffic movements
- Associated works will include access tracks, turbine foundations and hardstanding areas, a local borrow pit, drainage works, temporary site compound, underground electrical and communications cables between turbines and an underground cable to connect to the Grid
- Rates payments of up to €400,000 per annum payable to Offaly County Council. Rates paid by renewal energy projects would reduce the pressure on local authorities to do so.
- An inclusive Community Benefit package (based on feedback from those in the local area) has been developed which will allow a wide range of individuals and organisations benefit from the proposed wind farm. This includes:
- An Amenity Walkway and Cycle Track - It is proposed to develop a 6km Walkway and Cycle track which would be open to the general public.
- Community Investment - the development of a mechanism to allow individuals in the community to invest in the project and get a return
- Direct benefit - for houses within 1km
- Greener Homes Scheme
- Household Dividend
- Community Benefit Fund - A multi-million euro fund would be available for local community groups and projects.
- A Local Business Support Scheme is being developed in order to ensure that local businesses are facilitated and assisted in securing valuable contracts during construction and operation.
- Approximately 72 jobs will be created during the construction, operation and maintenance phases of the proposed project