Project: Four wind turbines (9.2MW total)
Location: Whappstown Road, Moorfields, Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland
Turbine: 2.3MW Enercon E70
Dimensions: 85m hub height, 35.5m blade length, 120.5m overall height
NGR: E321583, N397443 (lat 54.809665, long -6.106576)
Status: Granted planning permission 10th September 2015
The proposed development site is located on an area of open agricultural grasslands used for sheep and cattle grazing in the town land of Whappstown approximately six kilometres east of Kells, County Antrim.
The proposed development consists of four wind turbines, 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 and sold to a third party.
TCI Renewables commissioned various detailed independent technical studies and assessments to be completed throughout 2010 and into early 2011 on a wide ranging number of environmental issues. Full ecology studies including birds, bats and 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 submitted to Belfast Planning Service Special Studies Division.
Environmental and Economic Benefits:
The wind farm will produce a net saving of approximately 10,220 tonnes of CO2 per annum through displacing fossil fuel fired generation. Over the 25 year life of the wind farm it will displace, at current comparisons, approximately 255,577 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 5,272 homes per year.
An estimated £1,875,000 will be spent in the local economy on; development, financing, legal arrangements, delivery, construction, materials, plant and auxiliary equipment. A single family of land owners are involved in this development, and they will receive an annual income from the sale of electricity from the wind turbines for the lifetime of the project. A wind farm offers farmers an option for diversification for lands which are typically upland grazing, marginal in quality and offering relatively poor returns.
Submitted to Belfast Planning Service Headquarters Special Studies Division in February 2011. 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:
Planning Service Millennium House 17-25 Great Victoria Street Belfast BT2 7BN (028) 9041 6700 (Strictly by appointment only) Ballymena Borough Council "Ardeevin" 80 Galgorm Road
(08456) 581 581
(Viewing by appointment only)
Printed copies of the Non-Technical Summary (NTS) and the Environment Statement (ES) may be obtained from TCI Renewables Limited