Loughaun North Wind Farm

The site is located in east County Clare within the Sleive Aughty  Mountains adjacent to the Gort to Tulla Road.  The proposal is to install eight x 3MW turbines that will produce enough electricity to power 22,000 Irish houses.    

The site is on land owned by Coillte (State Forestry Company) and is planted entirely with mature conifers.  The conifers will be felled and an application will be made to return the site to a natural state.    Extensive environmental investigation has been carried out at the site.   There is also a completed Gate 2 grid connection with planning permission for 38kV overhead lines to the site.

The project received an approval from the Clare County Council in 2009 which was however subsequently overturned by the Board of Appeal.   

Ventus sold the development rights to the project to the Gas Board of Ireland (Bord Gais) on condition that they use best endeavors to obtain planning permission for the project.    Bord Gais are part-funding a regional study on the impact of the Hen Harrier which is hoped will allow a fresh planning permission to be submitted in 2014.