Galway Wind Park

  • Category: Renewable
  • Energy type: Onshore wind
  • Project type: Project

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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 90,000* homes, equivalent to almost 90% of the homes in Co. Galway.

Phase 1 of the two-phase, 169MW Galway Wind Park project has been officially completed and is now fully operational. Phase 1, which is officially named Comhlacht Gaoithe Teoranta (CGT), consists of 22 turbines and has a total export capacity of 66MW. The project was in construction for two and a half years, with main works first beginning in December 2014.

Phase 1 of Galway Wind Park is wholly-owned by SSE, while Phase 2 is a 50/50 joint venture between SSE and forestry company Coillte. Work is ongoing on Phase 2 and is due to be completed in Autumn 2017. At that point, Galway Wind Park will be Ireland’s largest onshore wind farm, helping to offset around 190,000 tCO2 emissions in one year, while providing clean, green energy to almost 80% of the homes in Co. Galway.

In May 2017, Galway Wind Park was named Green Project of the Year Award at the 2017 Irish Construction Industry Awards. This is the project’s second Irish Construction Industry Award in as many years, having scooped the prize for Excellence in Sustainability in 2016.

 

GALWAY WIND PARK COMMUNITY FUND CONSULTATION

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Galway Wind Park (GWP) is in the final stages of construction and will soon be Ireland’s largest wind farm. The GWP Community Fund will be launched later this year with the first presentations taking place in 2018. 

The Community Fund programme will be aimed at recognising the needs of local people. The draft proposal (below) involves annual contributions to community groups and projects, as well as support for local school students progressing to further education.

Community Fund Proposal - English/Gaeilge

SSE and Coillte held a community consultation event on 6 July 2017 in Oughterard, and community members and local stakeholders were able to provide their feedback and ideas for the structure of the Community Fund programme up until 4 August 2017. The draft proposal is subject to change based on the feedback received from the local community during this period.

A report on the feedback received during the consultation process, and the final proposal, will be posted on this website in advance of the Community Fund opening for applications. There will also be workshops available when the Community Fund opens to provide guidance on how to apply.