Wind farm approved at Tullaroan

Plans for a wind farm of four turbines at Foylatalure, Tullaroan have been approved by Kilkenny County Council, replacing a previously approved permission at the site, writes Tess Felder.

Plans for a wind farm of four turbines at Foylatalure, Tullaroan have been approved by Kilkenny County Council, replacing a previously approved permission at the site, writes Tess Felder.

The proposal “includes an increase in the hub height from 49 metres to 80 metres, an increase in the blade length from 26 metres to a maximum 41 metres, which would result in an overall increase in the maximum blade tip height of 75 metres to 121 metres. Such revisions would result in the potential to produce up to 12MW of electrical energy,” the planning file outlines. The location of the turbines has been altered “to achieve higher wind speeds and make the project more viable.”

The council has recommended that planning be granted for seven years, with the wind farm permitted to operate for 10 years, at which time its operations will be reviewed by the council. A development levy of €31,450 will be due to the council when works commence.

The developer is obliged to measure the noise levels within six months of commissioning the turbines, and to undertake a survey of nearby dwellings potentially impacted by shadow flicker within 12 months of commissioning it.

The developer must seek further permission to connect to the national grid.

The turbine with the highest elevation must be lighted in consultation with the Irish Aviation Authority, and “when the wind farm has been put in place, the Developer shall submit coordinates and elevations of each turbine to the Irish Aviation Authority in order to upgrade aeronautical charts.”

It must also adhere to RTÉ’s protocol with respect to reception interference in the area.