The ESB has lodged an application for a major wind farm spanning more than 30 townlands across Cork and Kerry.

The application by ESB Wind Development Ltd for Grousemount Wind Farm with a rating of more than 50 megawatts (MW) has been lodged directly with An Bord Pleanála as a strategic infrastructure development.

The total site area is 1,465 hectares of privately-owned land which is to be leased by the ESB.

The application is accompanied by letters of consent from 28 landowners, including An Coillte.

The proposed wind farm comprises of 38 turbines with a hub height of up to 80m, each with a 2.5-3.5 MW rating, on foundations and standings.

The turbines will have a rotor diameter of up to 112m while the overall height of the structures will be up to 126m.

However, according to the application the turbines will be largely hidden.

"With few exceptions, the site, east of Kilgarvan and west of Ballyvourney is not visible," the ESB said in it its submission.

The application represents a revision and an amalgamation of two previous planning applications  granted permission, one in 2010 and the second in 2012.

The same number of turbines are involved but there are differences in output.

Submissions can be made up to the 2 November to An Bord Pleanála and a decision is due by15 March, 2016.