CARRICK “WIND FARM” PROPOSAL RAISES CONCERNS FOR SOUTH MONAGHAN RESIDENTS

14 May 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

SOME public concerns were aired this week over a proposal for the construction of an energy farm on the outskirts of the South Monaghan town.

It is understood the project is planned for a site in the Nafferty/Derryolam area and involves the construction of an 85- metre to 100- metre (300 feet) wind turbine as well as the installation of large numbers of solar panels on the 7.5 acre site.

However, a planning application has not, as yet, been lodged with Monaghan County Council. A previous planning application for an 85- metre high, 2.04 megawatt wind turbine on the same lands, lodged with Monaghan County Council in 2010 was subsequently withdrawn.

There is no official legally binding law regarding the proximity of turbines to homes.  However, under 2006 Department of the Environment Wind Energy guidelines, wind turbines should be placed 500 metres away from ‘non consenting’ homes—and closer only if a householder gives his/her consent to the turbine being erected!.

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