David contacted us recently about a new wind farm that is being planned for Mushera Mountain, and near Ballinagree. He and others are concerned that wind turbines will destroy the scenic walking route, “the Duhallow Way”, that the wind turbines will pose a serious health hazard to people living near them, and also cause severe disruption to the hen harrier population and wildlife of the Mushera Valley, and is asking people to sign the petition to try to stop this development.
Ballinagree Wind Farm and is a joint venture between Irish forestry company Coillte, and the large Canadian multinational Brookfield Renewables, and is currently in the planning stage.
Recent objections to the Energy Storage Facility in Ballydesmond has been making headlines in the news, but few realise that there is a much larger one planned for Caherdowney, which has been in for planning since this January.
Battery storage compounds capture surplus energy from wind farms during times of excess energy (high winds, nighttime) and release it back into the power grid during times of peak consumption.
The planning states: “a battery energy storage facility which will comprise of rechargeable battery units contained within up to 39 no. 40 foot containers on site and the associated development of unit substations, a 110kV substation, security fencing, security cameras, lightning mast, new site roads and the upgrading of the existing vehicular access. The facility will connect into the adjoining Ballyvouskill ESB substation via underground cable. All associated site development, landscaping and boundary treatment works above and below ground.” [read more …] ” 39 battery storage compounds planned for Caherdowney”
From 11pm on Tues 17th Feb, an abnormal load will travel from Ringaskiddy to Ballyvouskill: An abnormal load will travel from the port in Ringaskiddy to Ballyvouskill via Macroom from 11pm on Tues 17th Feb. To facilitate this, the Millstreet/ Macroom Rd (R582) will be closed for the duration of transportation and diversions will be in place. The return journey from Ballyvouskill to Ringaskiddy via Macroom will take place from midnight on Fri 20th Feb. These movements will be repeated on Mon 23rd Feb and Thurs 26th Feb. Some delays are likely. from TheAA.ie
The Windmills are still being delivered to the Boggeragh Windfarm (as of the start of December). These foggy early morning videos from the bottom of Tullig and from up in the windfarm give an idea of what’s still going on without us realising.
Following a lot of work on the ground which saw miles of roads being built and ground works being put in place the first of the wind turbines have now arrived on the site of the new Boggeragh Mountain wind farm development.
Over the coming weeks these wind turbines will be erected on their bases with the help of one of the largest cranes in use in Ireland at the moment.
The 57mw project when complete will be Ireland’s largest stand alone wind farm. The project at a cost in excess of €100 million will be able to generate enough power to supply the electricity needs of 30,000 Irish householders annually.
A short video of the construction site of the huge new wind turbines on Curragh Mountain which can be seen clearly from the Macroom Road. The video was taken from the older Gneeves wind farm. (video by Dan Casey)
Simon Coveney TD, Fine Gael Spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, officially opened the Coomacheo and Curragh Wind Farms at Curragh Mountain, situated between Ballyvourney and Millstreet, Co. Cork on Friday (04/09/09)
The official opening marks the commission by Airtricity of the 18-turbine Coomacheo Wind Farm, and the completion of its 8-turbine Curragh Wind Farm extension.