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    50MW NI wind project submitted by RES for planning

    In order to proceed with its 50MW Carnbuck Wind Farm project in Northern Ireland, RES has submitted a planning application.


    The Gruig Wind Farm is next to the Carnbuck Project, which is situated in the townlands of Carnbuck, Magheraboy, and Moneyneagh, close to Corkey, Antrim.


    The planned proposal includes 12 turbines as well as an energy storage facility, both of which will assist the site’s generation capacity and efficiency be maximised.


    Development Project Manager at RES, David McVeigh, said “The urgent need to reduce carbon emissions is ever pressing and wind, as a free and inexhaustible resource, has a crucial role to play.”


    “Recent analysis has shown that Northern Ireland consumers saved £500m because wind farms produced 42% of our electricity last year.”


    In order to inform the specific design of the planned wind farm, RES has analysed the input from the community and other important consultees along with the results from the technical and environmental studies after public consultations held in March 2022 and January 2023.


    With a common site entry and certain infrastructure with the current Gruig Wind Farm, the site layout was created to minimise consequences. This will lessen the environmental impact and traffic movements associated with the development of wind farms.


    In the event that it is authorised, the Carnbuck Wind Farm will not only provide £3.3 million in potential inward investment to the neighbourhood in the form of jobs, employment, and use of local services during the development, construction, and first year of operation alone.


    An estimated £65 million will be needed to fund the development, of which almost £30 million will stay in the Northern Ireland economy.


    Around 150MW of wind projects are operated by RES in Northern Ireland, while 22 onshore wind farms totaling roughly 380MW have been developed, built, or both.


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