Turbines bring wind of change to local landscape

Changing landscape: The view of the Carn Hill wind farm from Ballyduff. INNT 15-006-FP
Changing landscape: The view of the Carn Hill wind farm from Ballyduff. INNT 15-006-FP

ENERGY firm Gaelectric has confirmed that its wind farm at Carn Hill is now operational.

The six 101-metre-high turbines are located on land north of Slievetrue Road near Knockagh and can be seen from miles around.

The massive turbines, which dominate the local landscape, are viewed as an eyesore by some, while others argue that they are a necessity in meeting the need for sustainable forms of energy.

Gaelectric is expected to officially open the £20million wind farm in May or June this year, but this week a spokesperson for the company confirmed that it is already exporting electricity to the grid.

Carn Hill wind farm has a capacity of 13.8 megawatts and is capable of supplying around 8,000 homes with electricity.

Plans for the renewable energy facility were first lodged in February, 2006 with Planning Service finally giving the project the green light four years later.

Meanwhile, Gaelectric has denied speculation that it is planning to erect more turbines at Carn Hill.

“Gaelectric have no current plans to extend the Carn Hill wind farm,” a company spokesperson told the Times.