Galway Wind Park

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

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The 174MW Galway Wind Park, co-developed by SSE and Coillte 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 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 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:

APPLICATIONS  FOR THE 2019 GALWAY WIND PARK COMMUNITY FUND ARE NOW CLOSED

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.

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.

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

 

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