Galway Wind Park
- Category: Renewable
- Energy type: Onshore wind
- Project type: Project
Galway Wind Park is a two-phase project which, when completed in autumn 2017, will be the largest onshore wind farm in Ireland.
It is a wind farm cluster consisting of four wind farms – Cloosh, Lettercraffroe, Seecon and Uggool. When operational it will have the capacity to generate enough green energy to power around 84,000* homes, equivalent to almost 90% of the homes in Co. Galway.
The turbines for Phase 1 are currently being delivered and installed by Siemens. As part of Coillte and SSE’s commitment to the local economy, Galway Harbour is playing a key role in this phase of the project. The turbine tops (or ‘nacelles’), hubs, blades and other ancillary turbine components are being shipped to Galway Harbour, while the larger tower components will be transported to the site from Foynes, Co. Limerick. The deliveries are taking place in the early hours of the morning to minimise traffic and disruption to local residents.
In August, the project reached a major milestone, with the first turbine fully installed at Phase 1 of the site. Turbine installation at Phase 2 of the project is due to commence from November, and all turbines are expected to be installed by mid-2017.
In recent months, Galway Wind Park has won and been shortlisted for a number of national environmental and sustainability awards, including Winner for Excellence in Sustainability and Finalist for Green Project of the Year at the 2016 Irish Construction Industry Awards. The project was also a Finalist for the Green Construction Award at the 2016 Green Awards.
The building of Galway Wind Park will contribute significantly to Ireland’s renewable energy targets, but it is also delivering economic benefits for local companies and supporting local jobs. To date, around €15 million has been spent with local sub-contractors and suppliers of stone, concrete, steel, haulage, plant and machinery, grid substation equipment, catering and security services. On top of this, over 60% of workers involved in the civil works on the project, and over 40% of those involved in the grid works, live within 30km of the site.
The Galway Wind Park Community Sponsorship Programme has recently supported a range of civic, education, youth, sporting and tourism activities in the Killanin, Moycullen and Oughterard areas. As the site moves to the operational phase late next year, a multi-million euro Community Fund programme will be put in place, which will last for the lifetime of the wind farm.
* Homes powered calculations based on typical annual consumptions in All-Island Single Electricity Market (as of 1 June 2016) and 1year average recorded capacity factor of SSE wind farms operating on the island, April 2015 - March 2016. Historic figures quoted are for guideline purposes only – actual future performance may vary.
Galway Wind Park
August 2016: First turbine goes up at Galway Wind Park
March 2015: Proud to invest in wind to the West