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At FuturEnergy Ireland, we work hard to be good, long-standing neighbours and develop wind farm projects in a responsible and respectful manner so that local communities, as well as Ireland as a whole, can benefit. As a team, we value and respect honest, straightforward engagements.

There is much information in circulation on the important issues associated with wind farms but not all of it can be relied upon with confidence. Here we have compiled answers to some of your most frequently asked questions about wind farms, backed up with scientific studies, independent references and peer-reviewed research.

If you still have questions or would like further information on any of the topics we cover below, please contact us and we will be happy to help.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why do we need onshore wind farms?

2. How can I be kept up to date on this project?

3. Can you explain the planning application process?

4. What height are the turbines proposed and what is the rotor span?

5. Are wind turbines noisy?

6. What is shadow flicker?

7. Do wind farms have health impacts?

8. Will a wind farm nearby impact property value?

9. What is the Community Benefit Fund?

10. Are there opportunities to invest in wind farms?

11. Will this project include recreational amenities?

12. How will the environmental impacts such as ecological, shadow flicker, cultural heritage and visual impact of the proposed wind farm be assessed?

13. How will construction of the wind farm affect local water quality?

14. Will the project design be based on the 2006 Wind Energy Guidelines that are currently in force, or the Draft Wind Energy Guidelines published in 2019 that are still under review by Government?

15. Oatfield wind farm (Ørsted) issued a newsletter to the local community in August 2023 which indicated that their site area substantially overlapped with the Knockshanvo wind farm site. What is the relationship between Oatfield Wind Farm and Knockshanvo Wind Farm?

16. When the impacts of Knockshanvo Wind Farm are combined with the Oatfield project, will these combined impacts become excessive or breach planning guidelines?

Project Phases

It is important to understand the length of time it takes to develop a wind farm project.  Renewable energy projects generally take anywhere from 6-10 years from project initiation to start of operation. The reason for this can be attributed to a myriad of challenges – obtaining planning permission, securing a grid connection, securing project finance and a guaranteed contract to sell the power.

Within the overall development cycle, the task of designing and making a submission for planning permission can take between 12 and 18 months.

Our Core Principles

  • Fighting the Climate Crisis
  • Rural Regeneration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Protecting the Environment
Click on the Interactive table to find out more 2. DESIGN PHASE (c. 12-18 months) 4. CONSTRUCTION PHASE (c. 18-24 motnhs) 5. OPERATIONAL PHASE (30 years +) (c. 18-40 months) 3. PRE- CONSTRUCTION PHASE 6 . DECOMMIS- SIONING PHASE 1. CONCEPT PHASE

1. Concept Phase

We continuously look at Coillte lands and seek opportunities for renewable energy development.

What’s happening

A land screening process that considers:

  • The wind resource on our lands.
  • County Development Plan designation.
  • Proximity to grid infrastructure.
  • Site size after applying a buffer of 750 metres or four times the tip height to dwellings.
  • Undertaking specific targeted studies on high potential sites to further de-risk and to identify the very best for progression.
  • Potentially increasing a site’s suitability by bringing in adjacent neighbouring lands.

Who we engage with and how

This is primarily a desk-based exercise that is informed by national, regional and local climate and energy policies and targets. In this step, we may engage with policymakers, land owners and others seeking to start similar developments.

2. Project Design Phase

Following widespread local engagement and detailed site surveys, we design the wind farm layout respecting environmental sensitivities and residents who live nearby.

Activity &
Stakeholder Engagement

3. Pre Construction Phase

We secure approval from EirGrid to connect to the national grid, secure a route to market for selling the electricity generated and finalise the business proposition, including relevant funding model. In parallel, we undertake pre-construction environmental surveys and work in collaboration with the local community to design the benefit fund and minimise disruption.

Activity &
Stakeholder Engagement

4. Construction Phase

We construct the wind farm to the highest standards while minimising impacts on the host community and the environment.


5. Operational List

The wind farm produces clean, green electricity and shares the financial benefits with the host community.*

Activity &
Stakeholder Engagement

6. Decommissioning Phase

We remove installed turbines and infrastructure.