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Add another 30 metres onto the top of the Dublin Spire and now your looking at the size of the Wind Turbines being built all accross the Countryside of Ireland .
The Photo above shows Mount Lucas Wind Farm in East County Offaly , It was built by Bord na Mona and consists of 28 Wind Turbines each 150 metres in height .
The head of Bord na Mona power generation John Reilly says the project is :
the opening phase in the development of very very large scale wind farms with the intent of exporting that energy into the UK Market
a lot of peat bogs in the area will be phased out of peat producion , these sites will provide significant opportunities for the development of very very large scale wind farms
- John Reilly , Bord na Mona
Each turbine has a concrete base 20m in diameter, 3.35m high at the pedestal and comprised of 640m3 of structural concrete !!!
In 2013 / 2014 , An Bord Pleanala granted permission for 259 Wind Turbines accross Ireland which is nearly 3 per week , It is estimated that there are currently 1,800 turbines operating around the country .
But what is the driving force behind all these Wind Farms , From a government perspective they are giving us two conflicting reasons.
On one hand you had Former Minister for Energy Pat Rabbite saying the purpose is "to enable trading of electricity between here and britain" , this was confirmed by John Reilly of Bord na Mona who said the intent was "exporting renewable into the UK Market" .
Pat Rabbite's successor Minister for Energy Alex White said its about achieving EU emissions targets which state 16% of our Energy is to come from 'Renewable Sources' by the year 2020 (Directive 2009/28/EC) , it was initially 40% (Directive 2001/77/EC) . Others say its about Job creation however if we look at the Mount Lucas development , the official Bord na Mona case study stated that - "just 10 full time long term jobs have been created in operations & maintenance"
Whatever the truth may be , our beautiful country and world renowned landscape is being decimated . We can take a little heart from news that over in the UK , amid growing public opposition to Wind Farms , 57% of all onshore projects were rejected in 2014 .
Below , Aaerial view of Mount Lucas Wind Farm in co offaly .
Bord na Mona intends to phase out peat production and build more Wind Farms like this one instead
Below , Angela Merkel and Germany probably gain the most from wind farms , German Company Siemens has many of the contracts to supply wind turbines accross the EU and Ireland .
Below Wind Farm Protesters in Kilkenny