Project: Single wind turbine
Location: Craigs Quarry, Glenwhirry, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland
Turbine: Up to 900kW
Dimensions: Up to 85m overall height to blade tip
Status: Granted planning permission 8th June 2010
Resources: Non Technical Summary
The site is located within Craigs Quarry in the townland of Glenwhirry, approximately eight kilometres north of Ballyclare, County Antrim. The quarry owners, J. Robinson & Sons, are an environmentally conscious company and view the project as an indication of their commitment to sustainability:
"The company has a proud tradition in understanding and embracing its social responsibilities: Robinson Quarry Masters are highly committed active members of the Quarry Products Association of Northern Ireland, participating fully in initiatives to deliver ever better safety and environmental management throughout the whole industry". (www.Robinsonquarry.co.uk)
The proposed development consists of a single wind turbine of up to 85m in height, which will generate up to 900kW of electricity for use by the quarry for a period of 20 years. Other infrastructure will include; underground electric cabling, temporary site storage compound, road improvements, a sub station and other ancillary site works.
TCI Renewables commissioned a detailed independent survey into the flora and fauna surrounding the site. Ornithology studies took place at the site for a period of 12 months from March 2006 and included vantage point and breeding bird studies. Full noise studies, landscape and visual assessments, geology, hydrology, and archaeological assessments were also carried out. The findings of these surveys are presented within the Environmental Impact Statement which accompanied the application submitted to Ballymena Planning Service.
Environmental and Economic Benefits:
The wind farm will produce a net saving of approximately 1,900 tonnes of CO2 per annum through displacing fossil fuel fired generation. Over the 20 year life of the wind farm it will displace, at current comparisons, approximately 38,000 tonnes of CO2. Based on British Wind Energy Association figures for average annual UK household electricity consumption of 4,700 kWh, the wind cluster will provide the equivalent electricity for approximately 475 homes per year.
An estimated £120,000 will be spent in the local economy on; development, financing, legal arrangements, delivery, construction, materials, plant and auxiliary equipment. Many of the construction materials required will be sourced from the quarry itself. The quarry generates vehicle movements and therefore the local road network is in good repair and the site entrance is large enough to accommodate large cement and stone lorries.
Submitted to Ballymena Planning Service in September 2008. The application was supported by a full Environmental Impact Assessment of the site and the development.
Copies of the planning application and the environmental documents may be inspected free of charge at the following places:
Ballymena Planning Service
182 Galgorm Road
(028) 2565 3333
(Strictly by appointment only)
Ballymena Borough Council
80 Galgorm Road
08456 581 581
(By appointment only)
5 Main Street
(028) 2589 0019
Printed copies of the Non-Technical Summary (NTS) and the Environment Statement (ES) may be obtained from TCI Renewables Limited.