- Category: Renewables
- Energy type: Onshore wind
- Project type: Asset
Athea wind farm was first consented in 1999 with enabling works commencing in September 2012. It has been producing energy since the beginning of 2014.
- 16 turbines
- 6km north of Abbeyfeale
The consented wind farm at Athea is located approximately 6km to the north of Abbeyfeale, close to the village of Athea in West County Limerick. Athea.
The project involves the construction of 16 wind turbine foundations, a substation building and 16 wind turbines.
Construction enabling works on Athea wind farm commenced in September 2012 with the first of the turbines being delivered in August 2013. Final commissioing works took place in December 2013 and the 16 turbine 33.65MW wind farm was producing energy by the beginning of 2014.
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The consented wind farm at Athea is located approximately 6km to the north of Abbeyfeale, close to the village of Athea in West County Limerick. Athea, which in Irish means "mountain ford” is a village located between Listowel, County Kerry and Newcastle West, County Limerick, in the mid-west of Ireland.
The Athea wind farm will add a further 33.65MW of wind capacity to SSE Ireland’s renewables portfolio. The project involves the construction of 16 wind turbine foundations, a substation building and 16 wind turbines.
SSE Renewables’ Tournafulla (27MW), Dromada (28.5MW) and Rathcahill (12.5MW) wind farms are located beside the Athea project and have a combined generation capacity of 68MW – enough electricity to power almost 33,700 homes. The production of zero carbon electricity at Tournafulla, Dromada and Rathcahill, contributes a significant reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide (almost 77,000 tonnes each year). The green energy generated in West Limerick will also help to ensure that Ireland meets its national targets of 40% renewables by 2020 and the EU’s mandatory 20% reduction in carbon emissions.