Ireland rejects 140MW Emlagh wind farm

Element Power’s plan to build a 46-turbine wind farm in the Irish midlands has been spiked by the state’s planning authority, despite changes to turbine numbers, tip heights and locations.

In a decision published today (Friday), An Bord Pleanala (ABP) has refused the Hudson Clean Energy-backed outfit permission for the up to 140MW Emlagh wind farm in Meath.

The spokesman confirmed that ABP’s Inspector had recommended approval, however, at a meeting the authority’s board voted against the project.

Initially lodged in 2014, the project was formerly part of Element’s stalled wind export plans but was revived as a domestic wind farm.

In late 2014, US turbine manufacturer GE had taken an equity stake in the project.

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