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Renewable Energy Projects

ECOFACT have been involved in the environmental impact assessment and appropriate assessment of a wide variety of renewable and sustainable energy projects. As this industry continues to grow in Ireland we have been responsible for undertaking Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIA) and also Article 6 Appropriate Assessments for sites located within designated Natura 2000 conservation sites.

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We are currently preparing assessments for a number of renewable energy developments, including:

The largest offshore wind energy project we are currently working on is the Dublin Array. This project is an offshore wind farm development consisting of 145 turbines that is being developed on the Kish and Bray Banks in the Irish Sea.

We are also currenty involved in the environmental impact assessment and appropriate assessment of a significant  number of small hydropower projects.

ECOFACT has undertaken Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) and Ecological Impact Assessments (EcIA) for other developments in the energy sector including sustainable energy projects i.e. bio-fuels and waste to energy; an Open Cycle Gas Turbine (OCGT) project at Bellacorrick, Co. Mayo; and a 450MW combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) project which is currently under construction in Toomes, Co. Louth.

Current News Stories:

  • Bats surveys for wind turbines – new guidance

    Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) published new guidance in January 2019 for bats surveys at wind farm sites. These new guidelines are entitled “Bats and onshore wind turbines – survey, assessment and mitigation”. The document incorporates findings from the latest research on the impact of wind farms on bats.  It is endorsed by all the statutory […]

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  • Non-volant mammal surveys 2019

    We are one of the leading companies in Ireland providing mammal surveys and assessments. We provide expert advise on both bats and terrestrial non-volant (i.e. non-flying) mammals. We undertake surveys for all terrestrial non-volant mammal species in Ireland, including Badger, Otter, Red Squirrel, Pine Marten, and non-native American Mink, among others. Our staff are fully […]

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  • Filming a documentary on Sea Lampreys

    We were delighted to work recently with BBC Earth on a documentary on Sea Lampreys Petromyzon marinus. The filming took place during early-June 2017 on the old River Shannon at Castleconnell, Co Limerick. This is part of the Lower River Shannon Special Area of Conservation, and Sea Lampreys are a key conservation interest of this […]

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  • Major new book – Wildlife and Wind Farms

    A major new book will be published in May 2017 entitled ‘Wildlife and Wind Farms: Conflicts and Solutions’. Volume 1 of this book includes a chapter prepared by Ecofact Principal Ecologist Dr. William O’Connor. The two-volume set provides a comprehensive overview of the interactions between wind farms and wildlife, each volume dedicated to one of the two […]

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  • Surveying wintering birds in the Irish Midlands

    Our staff are currently undertaking a number of wintering bird surveys in the Irish Midlands. Here we have provided some photos and videos from bird surveys we undertook during December 2015. Our bird surveys are undertaken to inform both the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Natura Impact Statement (NIS) reports being prepared for proposed wind energy […]

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