This Opportunity

We would like to welcome you to this virtual consultation platform for Coole Wind Farm. Below, you will find ‘At a glance’, high-level information on the proposed project including an outline of the changes being considered.

We would like to invite you to consider this proposal and to view the information contained within the virtual consultation room which you can enter using the buttons below.

 

At a glance – Coole Wind Farm revised proposal

Configuration

  • Renewable electricity for the Irish Electricity Grid System
  • 15 wind turbines (including 2 additional turbine locations)
  • Maximum tip height remains at 175m
  • A 7.5m increase in the length of turbine blades
  • No Shadow Flicker at any house in the area
  • Setback distance to dwelling houses of 700m and over

Output

  • Increased output – An estimated output in the region of .90MW which will be confirmed before construction
  • Potential to power c.66,000 Irish homes with renewable energy
  • Carbon displacement – c.100,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year displaced

Associated Works

  • All cabling will be placed underground
  • There will be an onsite substation at the previously permitted location
  • A local borrow pit will be used to source material – No blasting or explosives will be used on this project
  • 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 existing Mullingar 110kV substation

Local Benefits

  • A Community Benefit Fund of c.€500,000 per year will be available for the local area which will allow a wide range of individuals and organisations to benefit from the proposed wind farm
  • Rates payments of c.€540,000 per annum will be payable to Westmeath County Council
  • There will be approximately 135 jobs created during the construction, operation and maintenance phases of the proposed project