Responsible development and genuine community engagement are pre-conditions if the wind industry is going to continue to flourish and Ireland is to achieve its low carbon economy transition.” described Peter Harte, Chairman of IWEA.
“We know that support for wind energy is high, 84% of those polled in an independent survey in October 2017 said they were positively in favour of wind energy, with only 3% strongly against. Despite this there is often negative sentiments locally when a new wind farm is mooted so we need to set out clearly how we will engage with communities to make sure people have real information on the proposed development and that they understand the many benefits,” he added.
“We have enormous potential in this country when it comes to our home-grown wind energy. A wealth of resources that can be developed to the benefit of all. We want to be good neighbours with positive, responsible developments. We can do this together, and we are determined to do that. We have opened the conversation here today, we are listening and we want to grow together.”