Environmental protection

FuturEnergy Ireland takes pride in its leadership position among wind farm developers in Ireland. We work hard to ensure that we are best in class and that our developments reflect this. Environmental protection including biodiversity are at the core of our wind farm development. We ensure that our projects conform to or exceed all statutory requirements and best practice guidelines in relation to environmental protection.

Wind farm planning applications must include an Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR). The aim of the report is to present a detailed study of how the proposed Glenard Wind Farm project may impact on the local area across a series of topics such as; biodiversity, landscape, water, population and human health. Each topic forms a standalone chapter in the EIAR.

An established protocol exists for developing an EIAR, beginning with collecting baseline data across the proposed development area. Once a final layout is confirmed, the potential impact of each turbine and the full wind farm is defined. This is reviewed across each topic of the EIAR and appropriate decisions are made surrounding amendments to design or mitigating strategies where required.

These impacts and strategies form the EIAR which is submitted to the relevant planning authority. The relevant planning authority often attaches planning conditions based on the information set out in the EIAR.

The proposed Glenard Wind Farm EIAR will cover a number of topics, including:

• Population and Human Health

• Biodiversity

• Land

• Soil

• Water

• Air

• Climate

• Material Assets

• Cultural Heritage

• Landscape

You can download the Glenard EIA Scoping Report here.

Estimated Project Development Timeline

Apr 2019

Community and Stakeholder Engagement process commenced.

Jul 2019

Delivery of Newsletter 1 and launch of website.

Aug 2019

Met mast erected and scoping document prepared.

Sep 2019

Environmental Impact Assessment baseline studies begin. Noise monitoring begins.

Oct 2019

Iterative design process commences using feedback from Environmental studies including assessment of potential grid routes.

May 2020

Second phase design process utilising feedback from EIA studies.

Jun 2020

Publish Newsletter 2.

Oct 2020

Phase three design commences.

Dec 2020

Detailed Environmental Impact Assessment Report and Drawings produced, this process continues until April 2021.

Dec 2021

Information webinar on December 8 for the local community.

Jan 2022

Final design layout. Publish detailed project brochure and virtual exhibition.

Feb 2022

Planning application submitted to An Bord Pleanála.