INIS project success again with a landmark wind farm proposal approved by An Bord Pleanála in County Clare.
An Bord Pleanála has just approved Moneypoint wind farm within the operating power station at Kilrush, County Clare. The wind farm will consist of 5no. 3MW machines – the biggest turbines to be erected in the country. INIS ecologists completed the winter bird/breeding bird surveys, habitat assessment, bat surveys, marine mammal surveys and the Natura Impact Statement for Moneypoint wind farm. INIS also provided boats for and managed the Underwater Noise Attenuation Trials for dolphins.
Despite this wind farm being proximal to one of the most important SACs in Ireland (Lower River Shannon Special Area of Conservation) we proved that the impacts on the ecology of the receiving environment, from the development, would be insignificant and that the development would not affect the population integrity of any of the qualifying interests of this internationally protected site.
An Bord Pleanála accepted our in-depth ecological assessments and our technical mitigation measures to protect Bottlenose Dolphins during the piling of turbine foundations. In addition to very detailed mitigation measures for marine mammals, we proposed the use of a JNCC registered Marine Mammal Observer (MMO) to oversee all piling operations at the construction site; this was accepted by An Bord Pleanala and is now a planning condition for this project.Google+