Galway Wind Park
- Category: Renewable
- Energy type: Onshore wind
- Project type: Project
The 169MW Galway Wind Park, co-developed by SSE and Coillte in Connemara’s Cloosh Valley, has entered commercial operation and is now Ireland’s largest and best performing wind farm, generating more green energy than any other wind generation site on the island.
Galway Wind Park has been 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 PARK COMMUNITY FUND
The first element of our Community Fund programme, the Local Fund, will open on Thursday 1 March 2018.
It was great to receive feedback on the Fund from so many community members during the consultation process last year, and we’re now looking forward to supporting many important local projects in the years ahead.
The Local Fund is available for community projects located within 20km of the wind park, with special preference given to those located within 5km. It places a particular emphasis on projects focused on energy efficiency, sustainability, safety, tourism, education and recreation, due to the lasting benefits they have for the community.
Ahead of the Local Fund opening, community members are invited to two information events to find out more:
Tuesday 27 February; 4-8pm
Killannin Community Centre, Rosscahill
Wednesday 28 February; 4-8pm
The Boat Inn, Main Street, Oughterard
Please note that two further elements of our Community Fund programme, focused on Major Projects and Scholarships, will be launched later in 2018.
Community Fund Consultation Report:
Click on the link(s) above to view the Galway Wind Park Community Fund Consultation Report.
This report summarises the feedback from the consultation proposal on how the Community Fund will operate and it outlines the decisions taken on the final structure based on evaluation of this feedback. SSE and Coillte both operate community funds for other wind farms and bring this experience to the Galway Wind Park Community Fund. This review was undertaken by the Galway Wind Park Community Fund Team during July, August and September 2017.
The Galway Wind Park Community Fund is due to open for applications in Spring 2018.
If you wish to be added to our contact list for updates on the Community Fund programme, please email GWP.CommunityFund@sse.com.
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