Photograph portrays an operational RWE wind farm similarly sited within forestry.

• Plans and photomontages of up to 85MW, 17 turbine wind farm available on website
• Local residents invited to view wind farm proposal online due to Covid-19 restrictions

The proposed Lyrenacarriga (Lyre) wind farm, being developed by Curns Energy, a joint venture between RWE Renewables Ireland and Highfield Energy, is launching an online public exhibition to provide residents with the opportunity to view the turbine layout plan, photomontages and other information related to the project. The exhibition will be available on the project website from Thursday, 20 August 2020.

RWE is one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies. With around 3,500 employees, the company has onshore and offshore wind farms, photovoltaic plants and battery storage facilities with a combined capacity of approximately 9 gigawatts.

RWE is driving the expansion of renewable energy in more than 15 countries on four continents. For further growth a net investment budget of €5 billion is available until 2022.

Due to Covid-19 public health restrictions, the company has moved its planned  face-to-face consultation event to an online platform.  This platform will provide the same information as would have been available at the public event with regard to the proposed development, access, traffic and transport information, grid connection, potential community and business benefits and next steps. 

Proposed Lyrenacarriga Wind Farm turbine layout.

The proposed development will have a capacity of between 60MW and 85MW. Following the publication of Ireland‘s Renewable Energy Support Scheme (RESS) it is anticipated that a community fund in the region of €6,000 per MW of installed capacity per annum could be available, resulting in a fund upward of €360,000 per year for the local community, subject to the final installed capacity (MW) and output (MWh) of the wind farm. This represents a dependable source of income for the communities local to Lyrenacarriga.

A significant wider benefit of the proposed Lyre Wind Farm is the business rates contribution estimated to be in excess of €800,000.00 annually for the full life of the wind farm. These business rates will be paid locally and contributions will significantly benefit the wider local economy.

Lyrenacarriga Wind Farm team members will be on hand at the end of the telephone during office hours and via email to answer questions and to listen to resident’s comments.

Telephone: 056-7715782 during office hours (9am-5pm Monday to Friday)

A comprehensive set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) are available on the website

Copies of the public exhibition boards, photomontages and associated literature will also be available on the project webpage from Thursday, 20 August, 2020