Galway Wind Park

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

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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.

COMMUNITY FUND:

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.

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.

 

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: tom.coleman@sse.com / M: 087 664 6088