Ireland’s largest onshore wind farm reaches phase one

A 169 MW wind farm in the west of Ireland has reached phase one in its development, and when completed will be the country’s largest onshore wind facilities.

The Galway Wind Park project being co-developed by SSE and Coillte has reached a major milestone, with the first turbine now fully installed at Phase 1 of the two-phase project site.
Onshore wind turbine
A number of the other turbines in this phase are partially assembled, with the bases and mid-towers installed.

Galway Wind Park is a wind farm cluster that consists of four wind farms – Cloosh, Lettercraffroe, Seecon and Uggool. When operational it will have the capacity to generate enough green energy to power around 84,000 homes, equivalent to almost 90 per cent of the homes in Co. Galway.

Phase 1 (64MW) entered construction in February 2015 and is owned and financed by SSE, while Phase 2 (105MW) is a 50/50 joint venture between SSE and Ireland’s commercial state forestry company, Coillte.

Turbine installation on Phase 2 is due to commence from November and all turbines are expected to be installed by mid-2017.

As part of Coillte and SSE’s commitment to the local economy, Galway Harbour is playing a key role in this phase of the project. The nacelles, hubs, blades and other ancillary turbine components are being shipped to Galway Harbour, while the larger tower components will be transported to the site from Foynes, Co. Limerick.

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