April 2017 – Project Update
The Wind Farm reached a significant milestone on the 31st March 2017, moving from a construction project to a fully operational Wind Farm. The operation of the project is now managed by Wind Prospect Operations Ltd. on behalf of Sliabh Bawn Power DAC. Primary contact details remain unchanged and these are set out above. The project team would like to acknowledge and sincerely thank the community for its co-operation during the construction phase of the project.
As an integral part of the project’s adherence to planning conditions, Operational Noise Monitoring will commence in April. The process can take anywhere from 6 to 12 weeks depending on the weather as monitoring needs to be conducted on a wide cross-section of wind speeds and directions.
Phase II of the recreation works is well underway and due for final completion by the end of June 2017. A map on the reverse of this leaflet gives an overview of the significant new recreation amenities currently being constructed. Plans include a trim trail for fitness, an equestrian trail, looped walks, a raised viewing platform, additional car parking and a new picnic area.
Community Benefit Fund
A total of 24 projects are being supported by the 2016 annual fund (the second fund). The fund is developed as part of the Sliabh Bawn Wind farm and supports projects whose work falls under recreation, tourism, health and wellbeing, environmental sustainability and culture in the local area surrounding Sliabh Bawn Mountain. The total amount allocated for 2016 fund including 7 multi annual grants is €93,698. The list of successful applicants in 2016 is available on the project web-site.
As a new initiative, the project wishes to include a community representative on the awards panel in 2017, and SECAD (the independent administrator of the fund) shall be running a process in Spring 2017 to identify a candidate. Further details shall be made available in May 2017.
The project is expected to make a significant contribution to Ireland’s transition to a lower carbon society. Sliabh Bawn Power DAC will continue to seek opportunities to improve the sustainability profile of the project and the surrounding area. In doing so, we would be grateful to receive any ideas which community members may have in this regard.