The CEO of Element Power Ireland, Tim Cowhig, has invited people interested in learning first-hand how wind turbines operate harmoniously in a community to visit a wind farm for themselves.
“For many months, we have been listening to wildly inaccurate claims and false statements being made about wind turbines from a minority of people who want to scupper an opportunity for jobs and investment in the Midlands.
“I would strongly recommend to people who genuinely wish to understand and experience being in the vicinity of wind turbines, to pay a visit to a wind farm. The Irish Wind Energy Association’s website - www.iwea.com - gives a list of all the wind farms which are operating in Ireland today amounting to approximately 1,300 turbines. Time spent researching the subject for yourself by watching and listening to a wind turbine up close would put paid to all of the misleading claims which are being by those scare-mongering. There is nothing quite like seeing it for yourself to make up your own mind,” said Mr Cowhig.
Questioning the motivation of those who quote self-proclaimed experts or online blogs which have little or no credibility, Mr Cowhig said that the potential effects of a wind farm are assessed as part of the planning process before any construction might be allowed to proceed. “Our company is committed to providing factual information reviewed by experts as opposed to opinions, gossip and hearsay. I have said before and I will say again, there is no evidence of any direct negative health impact as a result of living near a wind turbine”, concluded Mr Cowhig.
Wind energy provides electricity without emitting greenhouse gases or air pollutants, and uses no fresh water to generate electricity – creating a healthier environment for people and wildlife. Onshore wind farms provide energy security, and contribute to the local and national economy.
Wind energy is one of the fastest growing major sources of new electricity on the planet. Every developed country in the world is pursuing a pro-wind energy policy. In 2012 alone, global wind energy capacity grew by 19 per cent. Here in Ireland, we have one of the best wind resources in Europe.
Greenwire supports Irish Government policy to export renewable energy. In January, 2013, a Memorandum of Understanding signed between British and Irish Governments to facilitate renewable energy trading. At zero cost to Irish taxpayer, a clean green industry can be established in the Midlands to rival the Irish dairy industry in due course.
In total, the project can create thousands of construction and long term jobs, contribute €1.25billion in rental and rate payments over its 25 year project lifespan in addition to €250million in multi-faceted Community Benefit Programme for counties Kildare, Laois, Meath, Offaly and Westmeath.