PLANS for a 50MW wind farm with up to seven turbines in Broadford are to be lodged with Clare County Council next year.

More than 35,000 homes could be powered from the proposed Lackareagh Wind Farm. EDF Renewables Ireland are behind the development, the company is a wholly owned subsidiary of the French utility EDF Group which specialises in renewable energy production.

Lackareagh Wind Farm is to be based in the townlands of Killeagy and Shannaknock. EDF Renewables Ireland are to submit a planning application and environmental impact assessment report to Clare County Council in early 2023.

Subject to planning permission, the wind farm could be constructed and operational by 2026. A Community Benefit Fund commensurate with the size of the final project will be established to provide funding for local community initiatives and activities.

The project team is currently gathering wind data and mapping the environmental constraints on site which will be used to create a preliminary wind turbine layout. Detailed environmental studies will also be carried out at the site, including ecology, noise, landscape and visual assessments. The results of these studies, together with feedback gathered in consultation with local communities, will be used to determine the final wind farm layout and number of turbines. The figure of seven turbines has been mooted already, The Clare Echo understands.

Developers behind the project have told The Clare Echo they are determined to keep locals informed about the project with a public consultation event to take place as the Lackareagh Wind Farm progresses. This will be either online or in a local venue, depending on Covid-19 guidelines.

Kevin Daly, Head of Development at EDF Renewables Ireland, stated, “With the effects of the climate crisis becoming ever more visible, projects like Lackareagh Wind Farm are more important than ever. Ireland has ambitious targets to deliver 80% of its electricity from renewable sources by the end of this decade, and onshore wind is the most efficient means of achieving this”.

He added, “The project will also deliver significant investment in the area in the form of the Community Benefit Fund and rates, which will provide funding for local initiatives and activities. As the project progresses, we’ll be working closely with local residents and the wider community in East Clare, and the County Council, to keep them updated and informed on how Lackareagh Wind Farm will benefit the local area”.

Related News

magowna house inch refugees 16-05-23 62
'Chaos & heartache' with rash nature of relocating refugees
hermitage roads resurfacing 15-08-23 4
Council engineer to 'bring hard hat' when meeting Hermitage residents over surfacing complaints
bill slattery 21-08-23 5
Campervans flouting the system in Lahinch - Slattery
Taoiseach Simon Harris with President Volodymr Zelenskyy04
'Ukrainians extremely welcome in Clare but there has to be a balance' - Taoiseach addresses movement of refugees
Latest News
magowna house inch refugees 16-05-23 62
'Chaos & heartache' with rash nature of relocating refugees
clare v wexford 18-06-22 26 ken ralph
Overcoming Cork in Páirc Uí Chaoimh a turning point in Clare's season
deric hartigan ireland am bunratty 1
Virgin Media TV's Deric enjoys homecoming broadcasting from Bunratty
hermitage roads resurfacing 15-08-23 4
Council engineer to 'bring hard hat' when meeting Hermitage residents over surfacing complaints
bill slattery 21-08-23 5
Campervans flouting the system in Lahinch - Slattery
Premium
bill slattery 21-08-23 5
Campervans flouting the system in Lahinch - Slattery
Taoiseach Simon Harris with President Volodymr Zelenskyy04
'Ukrainians extremely welcome in Clare but there has to be a balance' - Taoiseach addresses movement of refugees
ciara malone justin gleeson micheál martin 1
‘Ennis is one of the top tier towns in Ireland’
micheál martin sheila lynch 1
'Informed investment decisions' will be made based on Ennis socio-economic profile
ennis st patrick's day parade 17-03-24 cathal crowe 1
Clare TD Crowe denied planning after he discloses second home to An Bord Pleanála

Subscribe for just €3 per month

If you’re here, you care about County Clare. So do we. Did you rely on us for Covid-19 updates, follow our election coverage, or visit The Clare Echo every week for breaking news and sport? The Clare Echo invests in local journalism and we want to safeguard its future in our county. By becoming a subscriber you are supporting what we do, will receive access to all our premium articles and a better experience, while helping us improve our offering to you. Subscribe to clareecho.ie and get the first six months for just €3 a month (less than 75c per week), and thereafter €8 per month. Cancel anytime, limited time offer. T&Cs Apply. www.clareecho.ie.

Subscribe for just €3 per month

If you’re here, you care about County Clare. So do we. Did you rely on us for Covid-19 updates, follow our election coverage, or visit The Clare Echo every week for breaking news and sport? The Clare Echo invests in local journalism and we want to safeguard its future in our county. By becoming a subscriber you are supporting what we do, will receive access to all our premium articles and a better experience, while helping us improve our offering to you. Subscribe to clareecho.ie and get the first six months for just €3 a month (less than 75c per week), and thereafter €8 per month. Cancel anytime, limited time offer. T&Cs Apply. www.clareecho.ie.

Scroll to Top