The Project Being Considered

An area centering around the townland of Drehid in north Co. Kildare was identified as having the potential for the development of a suitable and appropriate wind farm development. Design works, surveys and consultation with the local community were carried out with the view to identifying how a project would work best in this area and bring the most benefit to the local community. A planning application was lodged for this proposal to Kildare County Council (KCC) in December 2018. A request for further information was received from KCC in February 2019. This requested information was submitted in October 2019 for review by the planning authority. Please click on the Further Information Responses link on the left to view this information.

 

Drehid Wind Farm at a Glance:

  • This project would supply renewable energy to the Irish electricity grid system.

 

  • 12 turbines.

 

  • 640m set back to homes in the wider area.

 

  • Zero Shadow Flicker – A commitment has been made to eliminate Shadow Flicker at homes in the area.

 

  • A capacity to power approx. 32,400 homes with green electricity.

 

  • All cables will be laid underground.

 

  • There will be an onsite substation.

 

  • Associated works will include access tracks, turbine foundations and hardstanding areas, drainage works, temporary site compound, underground electrical and communications cables between turbines and an underground cable to connect the proposed project to the local Dunfirth substation.

 

  • A significant community benefit package to include:
  1.  Direct return – The value of an average yearly electricity bill (€1,114) will be available annually for all houses who are within 1km of the proposal.
  2.  Greener Living Initiative – An annual fund to be set aside to assist those who would like to lower their carbon footprint and bring their energy bills down.
  3.  Increased Community Fund – This proposal under the new Renewable Energy Support Scheme would attract over €250,000/year in funding for the local area.
  4.  Investment Opportunity – We would like talk to people who may be interested in investing in this wind farm and getting a return from it. Under the new Renewable Energy Support Scheme, a community investment opportunity would be available for anyone within 10km of the proposal with priority being given to those within 5km.

 

  • Rates to the local county council of up to €290,000 per annum.

 

  • A local business support scheme to ensure that local businesses are facilitated and assisted in securing valuable contracts during construction and operation.

 

  • Approximately 65 jobs will be created during the construction, operation and maintenance of the proposed project.

 

Design Changes at a Glance:

  • Fewer Turbines - 12 turbines is now being considered.

 

  • No Shadow Flicker - A commitment to Zero Shadow Flicker at all homes in the area.

 

  • Further away –  Turbines have been moved further away from homes.The distance to homes in the wider area has increased from 500m to 640m. There are now 86 houses within 1km. 60 of these would be 800m or more from a turbine (previously there were 180 houses within 1km).

 

  • The distance to homes in the wider area has increased from 500m to 640m.