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Controversial €100m wind plan submitted


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Bord na Mona has formally lodged plans for a controversial €100m wind farm in Co Longford on a nearly 2,000-hectare site that has been used for peat production.

The planned 96MW wind farm at the Derryadd, Derryaroge and Lough Bannow bogs in the south of the county has already drawn significant local opposition. It will be one of the largest in the country when it's completed.

Bord na Mona has estimated that between €20m and €30m of the cost of the project will involve site works that will require the services of local contractors and suppliers.

The proposal "will assist in meeting national renewable energy targets and will result in significant reductions in carbon emissions from electricity generation and reduce reliance on imported fossil fuels," it said.

The wind farm will include 24 turbines. A local group, No to Derryadd Wind Farm, has vowed exhaust every avenue in its opposition the planned development.

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