Waterford solar farm gets council green light

Waterford Council has granted planning permission for a combined 30mw solar farm in the Comeragh region of the county.

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Ireland emerging as attractive market for offshore wind

Falling development costs and new technology have made Ireland an attractive emerging market for offshore wind, it has been claimed.

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The Monday Interview: Winds of change blowing into Cork

With 900 people from 38 countries coming to Cork next month for a major international wind energy science conference, it is time to focus on the incredible renewable energy resources in the country, according to Cian Desmond.

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Wind turbine build to go ahead despite opposition

Planning permission has been granted for a cluster of giant wind turbines around 9km outside Macroom, despite strong opposition from the local community.

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Wind farm regulation cannot just be hot air

Enforcement proceedings against Barnafaddock Wind Farm raise serious questions around planning, the law and national policy on wind energy, writes Michael Clifford

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Irish Wildlife Trust object to Co Longford windfarm

The Irish Wildlife Trust is objecting to a wind farm in Co Longford.

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Second wind-farm firm enters land dispute

A dispute between a wind farm company and a farmer, over an agreement about access to his land, has taken a twist, after another wind farm company claimed it also had an agreement with him.

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Dispute between farmer and wind farm company takes a twist

A dispute between a wind farm company and a farmer over an agreement about access to his land has taken a twist after another wind farm company claimed it also had an agreement with him.

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Wind energy take-up needs Government aid

A billboard campaign promoting the connection between wind energy and dealing with climate change will be unveiled across nine counties today.

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Ireland second highest in Europe for wind energy

Almost one-third of Ireland's energy needs now comes from wind, the second highest in Europe, as new figures confirm that 2018 was a record-breaking year for wind energy production.

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Coillte targets quick return to wind energy with ESB tie-up; Goal to power 500,000 homes by 2030

State-owned forestry company Coillte is eyeing a quick return to the wind energy sector, through a potential joint-venture development company with the ESB.

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Wind power 'driving down the price of electricity', claims study

A new cost-benefit analysis of the resource shows its net cost each year was less than €1 per person since the year 2000.

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SSE targets expansion of Ireland's only operational offshore wind farm

Energy company SSE Airtricity hopes to complete the expansion of Ireland's only operational offshore wind farm, and have it working at full capacity as a meaningful energy provider, by the early 2020s.

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ESB makes first Irish offshore wind farm investment

The ESB has entered an agreement to co-develop two planned offshore wind farms in the Irish Sea, marking its first such investment in Ireland.

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Proposed north Kerry windfarm refused planning

A windfarm proposed for north Kerry, near the Shannon estuary, has been refused planning permission, on grounds of its potential adverse impact on the environment.

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Blight of the windfarm on communities

Many people will celebrate the new year tonight, but others in rural communities are living in a state of anxiety about what 2019 will bring.

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Further calls to block wind turbines in Waterford

Further calls have been made to amend Waterford’s county development plan to exclude wind turbines in an area where 300 homes could be impacted by them.

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'Evil and divisive': Wind turbines 'ripping Kerry apart'

Communities in the south-west are being ripped apart by the march of wind turbines into townlands, but a local authority says its hands are tied due to lack of firm legislation.

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Greencoat to consider mainland European projects

State-backed windfarm operator Greencoat Renewables will consider certain mainland European investments next year, but is to predominantly keep its investment focus on onshore Ireland for the foreseeable future.

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Community in direct protest over wind farm

A Co Waterford community, fighting against a proposed wind farm, has sent protest letters and a video message to a German energy company behind the project.

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Permission granted for controversial Kerry wind farm turbines

A controversial wind farm proposal for turbines reaching 150 metres in height and 120-metre diameter blades in the heart of historic Sliabh Luachra area in Kerry has been granted permission by An Bord Pleanala.

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€31.5m wind farm for Kerry

Geoff Percival Europe’s largest renewable energy company Statkraft is to begin construction on a €31.5m wind farm project in the south-west.

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Something doesn’t quite measure up about Waterford wind farm’s turbines

It was residents who first suspected the noise of a wind farm was louder than expected, says Michael Clifford.

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Greencoat adds €10.9m wind farm to portfolio

Greencoat Renewables has made its 10th acquisition since forming early last year, with the €10.9m purchase of the 9.2-megawatt Knocknalour wind farm in Wexford.

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Greencoat Renewables back in profit in first half

Irish wind-farm operator Greencoat Renewables swung back into profit in the first half of the year, generating an after-tax surplus of €11.7m against a loss of just over €3.9m for the same period last year.

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Greencoat Renewables generates profits of €13.4m in H1

Greencoat Renewables has reported that it generated net cash of €13.4 million in the first six months of 2018.

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Irish wind energy sector ‘at risk’

A lack of policy and regulatory progress is putting the future of Ireland’s offshore wind energy sector at risk, SSE Ireland has said.

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Greencoat sees offshore wind as long-term play

Dublin-listed windfarm operator Greencoat Renewables is still viewing the addition of offshore assets to its growing portfolio as a long-term rather than immediate strategy.

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Students’ project indicates turbines no threat to bats

From large wind turbines to large river creatures, the BT Young Scientist Exhibition (January 10-13) covers a lot of ground, writes Denis Lehane.

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New statutory wind farm design guide expected in early 2018

New statutory guidelines on wind farm design are expected to issue to planning authorities early in 2018.

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Anti-wind-turbine protestors stage demonstration outside An Bord Pleanála offices

Anti-wind-turbine protestors said today that the Government’s energy policy is flawed, and are calling for a re-think.

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