Bord na Móna has been involved in sod peat production operation at the proposed site for the Derryadd Wind Farm since the 1950s and milled peat production since the 1960s. Parts of the bogs are still in active peat production. The site spans across three bogs, known as Derryadd, Derryaroge and Lough Bannow bogs, and is surrounded by the communities of Derraghan, Keenagh, Killashee and Lanesborough.
We examined a number of cutaway sites within the Bord na Móna land bank and found that Derryadd, Derryaroge and Lough Bannow bogs were the optimal sites for the proposed development. There are a number of reasons this area in Longford was chosen.
- It has a wind regime that will support a commercially viable wind farm.
- There is close access to the national electricity grid.
- There is relatively good road access to the site.
- It is a brownfield site, the majority of which is already at the end of peat production.
- It presents a clear expanse of land with minimal internal dwellings, and is a reasonable distance from existing houses around the periphery of the site.
- It will improve the geographical distribution of wind energy facilities nationally, and hence contribute to a more balanced input of wind energy to the grid.
- It is located within an area identified by Longford County Development Plan 2015-2021 as suitable for wind farm development.
- The Midland Regional Planning Guidelines identify that the worked out peatland areas offer potential for renewable energy installations, including wind energy.
- Wind farms are considered an appropriate after-use of cutaway peatland.