Established wind farm – Bellacorick Wind Farm
Bord na Móna is the majority (88.5%) shareholder in Renewable Energy Ireland Ltd.(REIL), which established Ireland’s first commercial wind farm on cutaway blanket bog at Bellacorick, Co. Mayo in 1992.
The wind farm comprises 21 wind turbines, with a total installed capacity of 6.45 MW. 20 of the turbines are rated at 300 kW nominal output, and one at 450 kW. This means the wind farm can generate up to 17 million units (kWh) of electricity each year, and has an average availability in excess of 95%.
The Bellacorick area is comparatively remote, with a flat, open aspect. The availability of substantial additional areas of cutaway blanket bog, along with an existing 110 kV link to the former thermal power station site, means that there is scope to expand the wind farm capacity.
Wind Farm Projects
Location: Former milled peat production areas at Bellacorick, Co Mayo. Adjacent to the existing Bellacorick wind farm
No of turbines: 112
Total capacity: >300MW
Project status: A revised planning application, for the erection of a smaller number (112) of larger turbines (c.3 MW), has been submitted to An Bord Pleanála under the strategic infrastructure development process. Full details of the planning documentation are available on the Oweninny Wind Farm website.
The Oweninny project will be developed in phases and a number of grid connection applications, totalling over 370 MW, were submitted to EirGrid. All of these were included in the list of wind farm applications processed in Gate 3. However, it is expected that building out the entire permitted capacity will require the development of the new Grid West high voltage transmission line into north west Mayo.
The first phase of the project will be developed as a joint venture between BnM PowerGen and the ESB. Grid connection offers for all phases of the project were received in early 2011 and it is hoped to connect Phase I of the project to the existing 110 kV network, once it is up-rated as part of the grid development programme in the area.
Location: Former milled peat production area, Mount Lucas, Co Offaly
No of turbines: 28
Turbine Type: Siemens 3.0DD-101
Total capacity: 84MW
Project status: All of the civil engineering works associated with the development of access roads and the installation of the turbine bases has been completed. The wind farm substation was energized at the end of December 2013. The internal cable network will be completed by the end of March 2014. Erection of the turbines commenced at Mount Lucas in January 2014, and it is expected that the wind farm will be fully commissioned by the end of July 2014.
Location: Templetuohy Bog, on the borders of counties Tipperary, Kilkenny and Laois
No of turbines: 14
Turbine Type: Siemens 3.0DD-101
Total capacity: 42MW
Project status: Civil engineering and substation works are nearing completion. The erection of turbines at Bruckana will commence in summer 2014, once all of the construction operations have been completed at the Mount Lucas site. It is expected that the wind farm will be in commercial operation by October 2014.