Galway Wind Park

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

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Galway Wind Park launches €70,000 COVID-19 Response Fund

Located in Connemara’s Cloosh Valley, Galway Wind Park is Ireland’s largest onshore wind farm, generating enough renewable energy to power every home in Galway city and county.

In response to the current COVID-19 emergency, SSE Renewables and Greencoat Renewables, joint owners of Galway Wind Park, have launched a €70,000 COVID-19 response fund to support local communities around the wind farm in Connemara, Co. Galway.

The funding, which is being made immediately available, will support community groups that are currently mobilising a rapid response to support those most-in-need as a direct result of the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak.

In addition to supporting rapid response initiatives that are currently being mobilised, funding will also be available for projects that will help rebuild our community in the months ahead.

The COVID-19 response funding is being released early from the overall Galway Wind Park annual Community Fund to ensure emergency funds are made available now when they are needed most.

John O’Sullivan at Galway Wind Park Operations said:

“From the outset of the COVID-19 emergency, community and voluntary groups have responded remarkably to provide services and supports for the vulnerable in our society. From the smallest gestures, such as calling those living alone, to more organised and larger-scale home delivery efforts, volunteers across our community are making a real difference to people, especially the elderly or unwell, at this very anxious time.

“As a member of the community, the team at Galway Wind Park has an important role to play in supporting these efforts to address the impacts that COVID-19 is having on our lives. That’s why we are releasing €70,000 in funding early from our annual Community Fund to ensure that emergency cash is made available as quickly as possible to the groups that need it now, as well as to those groups who will be adapting in the months ahead to minimise the impact that the pandemic is having on the way we live our lives.”

The funding is available to volunteer-led community groups delivering COVID-19 response activities to communities and individuals living within 10km of Galway Wind Park farm. Applications will be assessed on a first-come basis and will be rapidly processed to ensure that funding reaches the community need as quickly as possible.

APPLY NOW:

Groups wishing to apply for funding can do so by completing the application form, and by returning the completed form by email to GWPcommunityfund@sse.com. For further information or assistance please call Community Development Officer Anne Reynolds on (086) 878 3104.

Jointly owned by SSE Renewables and Greencoat Renewables, the wind farm already operates an overall €400,000-plus Community Fund paid annually in contributions to local groups and individuals via its Local Fund, Major Projects Fund, and Scholarship Fund.

ABOUT GALWAY WIND PARK

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The 174MW Galway Wind Park, co-owned by SSE Renewables and Greencoat Renewables, 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 Renewables 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, Galway Wind Park produces enough renewable energy every year 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.

COMMUNITY FUND:

Galway Wind Park operates an overall €400,000-plus Community Fund paid annually in contributions to local groups and individuals via its Local Fund, Major Projects Fund, and Scholarship Fund. 

Details on the 2020 Local Fund, Major Projects Fund, and Scholarship Fund will be published soon. On Wednesday 8 April 2020, joint owners SSE Renewables and Greencoat Renewables launched a €70,000 COVID-19 response fund to support local communities around the wind farm in Connemara, Co. Galway. Applications are now open, will be assessed on a first-come basis, and will be rapidly processed to ensure that funding reaches the community need as quickly as possible.

For more information on Galway Wind Park, including its scholarship, community fund, recreational trails, and more please follow the relevant link below. 

Galway Wind Park (English)

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Major Projects Fund:

The Major Projects Fund component of the Galway Wind Park Community Fund commenced as a pilot in August 2018. The pilot project focused on energy efficiency measures 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 the SEAI and a facilitator from Údaras ná Gaeltachta. BER assessments were completed with the 47 homes in the identified area, and a further meeting took place in November to discuss the next stage of the Fund with homeowners. A further final meeting is scheduled with homeowners to discuss the completion of the project and discuss follow-up BER assessments, which will indicate the energy efficiency outcomes for each home.

Galway Wind Park

Media Archive

March 2019: SSE sells stake in Cloosh Valley Wind Farm to Greencoat Renewables

January 2019: Double delight for Galway Wind Park at Irish Wind Industry Awards

August 2018: Over €210k presented by SSE and Coillte to community groups close to Galway Wind Park

June 2018: Walkers celebrate Global Wind Day at Galway Wind Park

February 2018: Galway Wind Park wins on the double at 2018 Green Awards

February 2018: New local Community Fund to be launched for Galway Wind Park

October 2017: Galway Wind Park enters commercial operation

July 2017: Local consultation event held for new Galway Wind Park Community Fund

June 2017: Community consultation opens for Galway Wind Park Community Fund

June 2017: All done at Phase 1 in Galway

May 2017: Galway Wind Park named Green Project of the Year at Irish Construction Industry Awards

May 2017: Fire close to Galway Wind Park supressed

May 2017: Major forest fire close to Galway Wind Park

November 2016: Scottish First Minister and Irish Climate Action Minister unveil Galway Wind Park Sustainability Impact Report

August 2016: First turbine goes up at Galway Wind Park

June 2016: Galway Wind Park team steps up to get walking trail extension underway in Oughterard

June 2016: Galway Wind Park team wins Excellence in Sustainability Award

January 2016: SSE and Coillte complete €176m finance deal for Phase 2 of Galway Wind Park

July 2015: SSE appoints Siemens to install turbines at Galway Wind Park 

March 2015: Proud to invest in wind to the West  

Public Documents

Galway Wind Park Community Fund Consultation Report - January 2018

Galway Wind Park Community Fund Consultation - July 2017

Galway Wind Park Sustainability Impact Report

Community Newsletters

Summer 2015

Spring 2016

Autumn 2016

Summer 2017