Castlegore Wind Farm
News Update December 2019
Full planning permission was granted on 6th August 2019 for an amalgamated 7 turbine wind farm. A connection offer to connect the wind farm to the grid has been successfully secured. SONI/NIE are responsible for delivery of the connection and design works are ongoing. In the meantime, turbine optimisation is underway to ensure maximum efficiency at the site.
News Update September 2018
Following the successful acquisition of the neighbouring Whappstown site and securing of planning permission for a link road between the two previously approved wind farms, it is proposed that the two sites will be developed as one wind farm. As such, a planning application has been submitted to Mid and East Antrim Borough Council to reconfigure the two sites in to one.
The proposed changes will harmonise turbine dimensions, optimise turbine spacing and improve overall efficiency of the amalgamated wind farm scheme. With seven turbines, the development will have the capacity to produce in the region of 23.1MW of renewable electricity.
News Update July 2015
Planning permission was granted by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council/Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council on 23rd July 2015. We are currently in discussion with NIE/SONI on where the site will connect to the grid and what the timeline for connection will be.
The Castlegore site is located 7km east of the village of Kells in County Antrim. It is 3km south of the A36, a main road connecting Larne and Ballymena. The scheme would have an installed capacity of 10MW, comprising 4 turbines, each with a maximum blade tip height of 125m and a hub height of 80m. Access to the site would be from the Tildarg Road via an existing access over private lands.
The planning application to develop a 15MW wind farm comprising 6 turbines was submitted in March 2011 after a long period of site investigations which resulted in an Environmental Impact Study (ES). As a result of the consultation process Further Environmental Information (FEI) was submitted to Northern Ireland Planning Service in December 2011, and the number of turbines reduced from 6 to 4.
The planning application, further environmental information and related documents and correspondence are available to view on the planning service public access portal. Hard copies can be viewed at Kells and Connor public library.
At a proposed 10MW Castlegore Wind Farm could generate 33m kWh of electricity per year. This is enough clean green energy to supply 8,000 homes and to reduce CO2 emissions by 25,000 tons.
This project supports National and EU objectives for promoting renewable energy development and achieving the Northern Ireland target of 40% of electricity supply to be generated from renewable sources by 2020.
ABO Wind follows a policy of providing direct local community benefit in recognition of local communities hosting onshore wind energy projects.
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ABO Wind N.I. Ltd.
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