Garranbane Wind Farm
Project: Four wind turbines (Between 8 and 9.2MW total)
Location: Tempo Road, Tempo, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
Turbine: Enercon E82
Dimensions: 85m hub height, 41m blade length, 126m overall height
NGR E232970, N347590 (lat 54.37589107, long -7. 49343639)
Status: Refused planning permission 20th July 2015
Resources: Non Technical Summary
The proposed development site is located approximately 1.5 kilometres west of Tempo, County Fermanagh. The site is on an area of primarily improved grassland pasture used mainly for the grazing of livestock within the townlands of Ratoran and Greaghrawer.
The proposed development consists of four wind turbines, one permanent metrological monitoring mast, associated transformers, substation, temporary site compound, site entrance and access tracks, communications tower 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 carried out at the between 2012 and 2013 on a wide ranging number of environmental issues. Full ecology studies (including birds, bats, flora & fauna), sound impact assessments, landscape and visual assessments, geology, hydrology, peat and archaeological assessments were carried out. The findings of these surveys are presented within the Environmental Impact Statement which accompanied the application submitted to Planning NI Special Studies Division.
Environmental and Economic Benefits:
The proposed wind farm will have a capacity of between 8 and 9.2MW depending on the final choice of turbine model, this could potentially produce between approximately 25.8 and 26.8 GWh/year of renewable electricity. Based on figures produced by RenewableUK and the Carbon Trust this is the equivalent to the potential combined electric demands of between 5,472 and 5,693 homes (approximately). This is a potential saving of between 276,483 and 287,633 tonnes of carbon dioxide in the process.
An estimated £2,440,000 will be spent in the local economy on; development, financing, legal arrangements, delivery, construction, materials, plant and auxiliary equipment. The landowners involved in this development 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.
The application was submitted to Planning NI Special Studies Division in October 2013. 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:
17-25 Great Victoria Street
+44 (0) 28 9041 6700
T: +44 (0) 28 6632 4685
Printed copies of the Non-Technical Summary (NTS) and the Environment Statement (ES) may also be obtained from TCI Renewables Limited.
Alternatively there is also the opportunity to keep updated with the application and view the complete Environmental Statement for free using the Public Access search facility available on the Northern Ireland Planning Service website