Waterford County Council wants to erect its own wind turbine at Adamstown, Kilmeaden.
Together with associated ground and civil works, the proposal will provide for the electrical requirements of the East Waterford Water Treatment Plant, with excess energy being exported to the national electrical grid.
The Council deems the site suitable due to a constant electrical demand over a 24-hour period, saying its elevated and exposed nature for harnessing wind energy make it “an ideal location”.
With a stem height of 40 metres connected to three blades, the turbine’s maximum overall height would be no more than 60m.
The plans are available online or can be inspected at the Council’s offices in Tramore and Dungarvan from Monday to Friday up to June 14. Submissions or observations may be made in writing to the County Secretary, Waterford County Council, Civic Offices, Dungarvan, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org before 4pm on Friday, July 2.
In recent years the local authority has dealt with numerous planning applications for wind turbines and monitoring masts. Of these, permission was granted for six wind farms, but three were refused on appeal to An Bórd Pleanála.
The now three-year-old County Wind Strategy commissioned by the Council identified optimal, preferred, possible and ‘no-go’ areas for such developments.