Galway Wind Park
- Category: Renewable
- Energy type: Onshore wind
- Project type: Project
The 174MW Galway Wind Park, co-developed by SSE and Coillte in Connemara’s Cloosh Valley, is Ireland’s largest and best performing wind farm, generating more green energy than any other wind generation site on the island.
Galway Wind Park was developed by SSE and Coillte at a joint investment cost of over €280m, with €90m contributed to Irish Gross Domestic Product during construction, and €20m spent with local suppliers and contractors. The power generated at Galway Wind Park will be now provided to SSE’s retail arm SSE Airtricity, Ireland’s largest green energy provider.
Located south-west of Oughterard, Galway Wind Park comprises 58 Siemens 3MW wind turbines, each rated to the highest international standard and specifically engineered for the prevailing wind conditions at the Connemara site to optimise generation output performance.
As a result, SSE and Coillte forecast that Galway Wind Park will produce over 600GWh of green energy each year – enough renewable energy to power over 140,000 Irish homes. This means Galway Wind Park can power more than the equivalent of every home in Galway city and county. In a typical year, the green energy produced at Galway Wind Park will offset over 220,000 tonnes of harmful CO2 emissions.
GALWAY WIND WAY:
The Galway Wind Way is a series of recreational trails at Galway Wind Park. Our 6 routes along 48km are designed to be fun for the whole family, from the experienced explorer to the Sunday stroller (or roller – check out our buggy and wheelchair-accessible route!). For more information, please click here.
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THE 2018 GALWAY WIND PARK COMMUNITY FUND
As part of our commitment to Galway Wind Park being a best-in-class project, SSE and Coillte have endeavoured to design a Community Fund that recognises the support, cooperation and needs of local people. For more information, please click here.
MAJOR PROJECTS FUND:
The Major Projects Fund component of the Galway Wind Park Community Fund commenced in August 2018. The Fund focuses on energy efficiency project for homes in the Seanaphaesteen, Fermoyle and Bunagippaun areas. A meeting to discuss the Fund with the recipients was held in Oughterard on 23 August, and was attended by SSE representatives, as well as a representative from SEAI and a facilitator from Údaras ná Gaeltachta. BER assessments have now been completed with the approximately 47 homes in the identified area, and a further meeting took place in Oughterard on 22 November to discuss the next stage of the Fund with homeowners.
AMENDMENT TO EXISTING PLANNING PERMISSION
3 April 2018: Galway Wind Park (Páirc Ghaoithe na Gaillimhe) is made up of four separately consented wind farms namely Uggool, Lettercraffroe, Cloosh and Seecon, comprising a total of 69 permitted turbines. As of October 2017, when Galway Wind Park entered full commercial operation, 58 of the 69 permitted turbines were constructed.
At the time of construction, the GWP partners SSE and Coillte decided not to install the remaining 11 permitted turbines for a number of reasons, including grid access limitations.
SSE and Coillte are now seeking to amend the existing planning permission for 9 of the remaining 11 permitted turbines. This is in order to update the existing planning permission specifications to allow for the latest model of turbine currently available so as to optimise the potential green energy that may be generated at the site in the future.
What are we applying to amend?
The Commission for the Regulation of Utilities (CRU) has published its new grid access policy called ECP 1. This policy sets out the process for the allocation of grid access.
The sites for the remaining permitted turbines are on lower-lying ground and therefore require an increased rotor diameter and height to maximise energy production.
In order to ensure optimal generation at the site, we are seeking to amend the existing planning permission to allow for the following turbine design changes:
- Increase in rotor diameter from 101m to 136m
- Increase in tip height from 140.5m to 156m
- Increase in hub height from 90m to 99m
What is the process?
The application is currently in the design phase, and consultation with local residents and relevant stakeholders forms a key element of the process.
SSE and Coillte will shortly place notices in local media, communicating our intent to apply for amendments to the existing planning permission. Once the application has been submitted, there will be an eight-week consultation period.
Comments can be made to Galway County Council once the application has been submitted.
If you have any queries on the proposal, please contact:
Tom Coleman, Galway Wind Park. E: firstname.lastname@example.org / M: 087 664 6088
Galway Wind Park
August 2016: First turbine goes up at Galway Wind Park
March 2015: Proud to invest in wind to the West
Galway Wind Park Community Fund Consultation - July 2017
- Community Fund Proposal - English/Gaeilge
- Feedback Form - English
- Feedback Form - Gaeilge
- Event Invite - English
- Event Invite - Gaeilge
Galway Wind Park Sustainability Impact Report