Information day on wind farm project planned

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The Dutch company proposing to develop a controversial wind energy farm a few miles from Carrick-on-Suir, is holding a public information day on the project at the Carraig Hotel on Friday, September 19.

The Dutch company proposing to develop a controversial wind energy farm a few miles from Carrick-on-Suir, is holding a public information day on the project at the Carraig Hotel on Friday, September 19.

Dunoair wants to build the “Carrigadoon Wind Park” of 8 wind turbine on Coillte owned lands Carrigadoon and Curraghadobbin hills approximately 5 kms north of the town and has invited members of the public to submit their views on the project at the information day that runs from 12 noon to 8pm.

The renewable energy company is also encouraging the public to submit their feedback to its project team by email, phone of by phone by October 18.

Project manager Pim de Ridder said they were committed to consulting with the local community. “The open day is being held so members of the public can meet with the project team, discuss the project and ask questions. The feedback recorded from members of the public can inform how the project progresses,” he said.

Dunoair said it was sending a “community update” on its plans, including preliminary proposed turbine locations, to local residents this week.

Local residents have vowed to fight to stop the wind farm going ahead. The Ahenny Action Group, which successfully fought to stop a wind farm being constructed at nearby Curraheen in 2006, has been reformed to oppose the project. Carrigadoon Wind Park project team can be contacted at hello@carrigadoonwindpark.ie, (021) 4665911 and www.carrigadoonwindpark.ie.