SITE CRITERIA / SITE SELECTION
The process of choosing a suitable site for a wind farm involves several stages of careful consideration. GIS technology is used to eliminate sites where there are obvious issues that would preclude development, such as issues with telecommunications or radar equipment, or where the site is as an area of outstanding beauty or of special scientific interest.
We monitor wind speed, wind direction and noise at the location before any detailed investigative work is carried out, as well as establishing that it is feasible to export the energy by connecting to a regional or national electricity network.
A Scoping Report, which outlines the basic wind farm proposal, is submitted to the Local Authority concerned, or to Government, (depending on the size of the project). If the response to this is favourable we engage a number of specialists to carry out the stringent Environmental Impact Assessment and undertake a public consultation process before submitting a Planning Application.
Read more about How we develop wind farms.