Proposed 22 turbine North Mayo wind farm could generate enough homegrown green energy to power 115,000 homes annually
14 December 2023: FuturEnergy Ireland and SSE Renewables have jointly submitted a planning application for Glenora Wind Farm to An Bord Pleanála. The proposed site is located in North Mayo, approximately 7km southwest of Ballycastle and 6km southeast of Belderrig.
The two companies are 50:50 co-development partners for the proposed 22 turbine onshore wind farm. If approved and constructed as proposed, Glenora Wind Farm would have the capacity to generate 158MW of green energy, enough to power over 115,000 homes annually and offset an estimated 113,000 metric tonnes of harmful carbon emissions each year*.
The submission of a planning application for the proposed wind farm follows an extensive period of consultation with local residents and neighbouring communities which took place throughout the course of 2022. Feedback received during this process has helped inform the final proposed design of the wind farm. An application to An Bord Pleanála for the proposed infrastructure to connect Glenora Wind Farm to the national grid is expected to be submitted in the second half of next year.
It is estimated that delivery of the proposed project could support up to 120 jobs at peak construction, creating significant supply chain opportunities for local contractors in the region. Once operational, the onshore wind farm would continue to provide an economic boost to the region through local operational spend as well as annual contributions in commercial rates payments to the local authority.
In addition to environmental and economic benefits, a multi-million-euro Community Benefit Fund would be established upon Glenora Wind Farm entering commercial operations, with payments made annually to support good causes in the locality and region.
Final delivery of Glenora Wind Farm will be subject to the project receiving the necessary planning consents, securing a route to market, and a final investment decision by the project’s co-development partners.
Tom Coleman, Development Project Manager for SSE Renewables said:
“The Mayo region and the north-west is home to immense renewable energy resources which could play a significant role in delivering Ireland’s climate targets ahead of 2030. However, for projects like Glenora Wind Farm to deliver to their potential, investment in grid infrastructure in the north-west is critical. We look forward to working with Government and EirGrid to address grid challenges in the region and unlock the potential of the north-west.
“If consented for delivery, Glenora Wind Farm would not only generate homegrown renewable energy but would also benefit local people through our planned Community Benefit Fund and the local economy and services through the annual payment of commercial rates.”
Emmet McLaughlin, Project Manager at FuturEnergy Ireland, said:
“Extensive community consultation and in-depth environmental studies have helped to inform the design of Glenora Wind Farm. We are pleased to incorporate this feedback and submit the planning application for this project, which comes at a time when Ireland is in urgent need of renewable energy. Glenora Wind Farm has the potential to increase our supply of clean, green electricity to help hit climate targets, increase energy security and lower fuel bills for everyone.”
Planning applications documents can be viewed at www.glenorawfplanning.com from Thursday 14 December 2023. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Quoted 115,632 homes powered based on projected 158.4MW installed capacity, typical projected wind load factor of 35%, and typical annual consumption (4,200kWh). 113,643 metric tonnes of carbon emissions abated based on projected annual MWh output and latest average CO2 Emissions (0.234g/kWh) in the All-Island Single Electricity Market, and published by the CRU in its Fuel Mix Disclosure and CO2 Emissions for 2022, November 2023.
Caption: An architect’s visualisation of the proposed Glenora Wind Farm in North Mayo from along the Western Way. Picture source: SSE Renewables