Ireland’s biggest wind farm – with 51 giant turbines each around two and a half times the height of Dublin’s tallest building Liberty Hall ­ could be up and running just south of Ballybofey by 2017.

If it gets the green light from planners, it will have an installed generation capacity of 105 megawatts – enough to power the equivalent of 60,000 homes, or approximately 80% of all Donegal households.

The cost of the proposed massive development is in the region of €200 million, with around €80 million of the total relating to on­site works, which would relying heavily on local contractors and suppliers. Up to 150 people would be employed during the construction period.

The proposed wind farm is on a site that stretches for 17 kilometers east of the Barnesmore Gap, close to Lough Mourne and to the south of Trusk Lough. Much of the land is owned by Coillte which has consented to the plans. Agreement has also been reached with around 15 landowners, who will be paid an annual sum for every turbine on their land during the lifetime of the wind farm.

See the Letterkenny Post/Finn Valley Post for more.

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