Why Wind?

Advantages

1. Northern Ireland has one of the greatest wind resources in Europe and subsequently a large proportion of the target of 40% of energy sourced from renewable energy by 2020 will be supplied by wind energy.
2. Wind is clean and is an inner resource, utilising it reduces our dependency upon imports (Currently at 95%) and exposure to fluctuations in prices and may soon lead to net electricity exports.
    a. The Renewables Obligation (Amendment) Order (NI) introduced an increase of 2 Renewable Obligation Certificates from 2 to 4 per MWh, on 01/04/2010 for onshore wind turbines with an output capacity below 250KW in Northern Ireland, leading to a recent surge in interest in this market.
    b. The guarantee of ROC payments were extended until 2033.
3. Turbines have a small footprint: The base occupies a small area, allowing the vast majority of ground space (typically 90-99%) to continue to be used for its commercial or agricultural activity.
4. Onshore wind is the most cost-effective renewable technology that can be deployed in the UK today.
5. Wind Technology is safe: “In 25 years of wind generation, with 68,000 turbines worldwide, there are no significant reports of health issues”

Concerns

1. Visual Impact: This can be mitigated by careful site selection and wind farm design.
2. Noise: A noise report is conducted on all our sites to ensure where necessary the recommended noise limit, from outside the development, for night time is 43dB(A) and within 35-40dB(A) during the day. However modern turbines have a low noise output and at 300m away are comparable to the noise generated in a reading library.
3. Shadow Flicker: This is caused by the blades creating a shadow flicker through the window of neighbouring residents. The turbine orientation and blade finish and colour (light grey, matt finish) can considerably reduce this effect.