At a Glance
- 9 turbines
- Turbines will be set back circa 1km from houses
- No Shadow Flicker at any homes in the area
- Generation of 55MW of renewable energy to the Irish electricity grid system
- Turbine height is 185m
- All cables will be underground
- The wind farm substation is in the area of the Cushaling Power Plant
- An associated battery storage facility is located within the substation compound
- Associated works shall 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 substation
The Cushaling Wind Farm consists of 9 turbines with a combined output of 55MW of electricity. Associated with this project is a significant community benefit fund which assuming RESS (Renewable Energy Support Scheme) support is a multimillion euro investment opportunity specifically for the local area.
The area in which the wind farm is being constructed centers around the townland of Cushaling and is in the hinterland of the Cushaling Power Station. This area includes the townlands of, Kilcumber, Cloncant & Cushaling in County Offaly and one in the townland of & Ticknevin in Co. Kildare.
Green electricity has brought significant benefits to a lot of areas in rural Ireland for many years. Electricity generation in Ireland is transitioning and the energy that we are using is switching from fossil fuels including peat and coal to renewable forms of energy. This transition is our best way of taking effective action on climate change.
The potential to extract local economic and societal gain remains with the development of renewable energy projects such as wind farms. Areas that develop renewable energy projects will have the potential to benefit from substantial community benefit funds. At Statkraft, we believe that local communities should play a major role in determining how these funds should be used to maximise the benefit in the local area.
The communities in the area around the Cushaling Wind Farm have an opportunity to consider how such a renewable project could make a real difference to the local area. The fundamental principle of our community benefits packages is that we seek to work with local people to deliver increased environmental, economic and social sustainability to local communities. We are very interested in hearing what ideas you have on how this wind farm could deliver the most benefit to you and your local area.