LIVING IN THE SHADOW: What is the impact of wind farms on local communities?
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The Climate Action Plan aims to increase renewables renewable electricity to up to 80% by 2030, with onshore wind energy playing a big role in this expansion of renewable energy.

This planned increase is already being met with opposition in many rural areas so at Noteworthy, we plan to investigate the consequences of sharing your community with these large structures.

In 2019, new draft guidelines for wind energy to replace the existing 2006 guidelines were released, including stricter noise limits, flicker elimination mechanisms and greater setback distances. As of May 2022, however, the finalised guidelines have not been published.

The updated guidelines also state that “it is essential that local communities are properly involved in the planning process”. However, some locals feel their voices are not heard and have resorted to the courts to object to wind farms.

This was evident in a recent Supreme Court case where permission for a wind farm in Cork was quashed because An Bord Pleanála did not consider material submitted by the couple who lived 637 metres from one of the proposed turbines.


We want to find out what impact wind turbines are having on people living in their shadow, and if the concerns of local communities are being heard.

Noise pollution and light flicker can be a problem if you live near a wind farm. We want to investigate whether current guidelines and noise limits are being enforced by local authorities.

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15 Backers raised €410 of €2060
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