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Wind Farms

Bord na Móna wind farm operations

In 1992, Bord na Móna commissioned Ireland’s first commercial wind farm in Bellacorick, Co. Mayo. Over the years, we have committed to investing in the development of wind farms, contributing to Ireland meeting its 2020 renewable energy target, while also helping Ireland to build a security of energy supply.

Bord na Móna currently operate four commissioned wind farms that are supplying energy to the national grid, with a fifth wind farm about to come on stream – Oweninny has just completed its turbine installations and will be fully operational in late 2019.

Bord na Móna wind farm operations

In 1992, Bord na Móna commissioned Ireland’s first commercial wind farm in Bellacorick, Co. Mayo. Over the years, we have committed to investing in the development of wind farms, contributing to Ireland meeting its 2020 renewable energy target, while also helping Ireland to build a security of energy supply.

Bord na Móna currently operate four commissioned wind farms that are supplying energy to the national grid, with a fifth wind farm about to come on stream – Oweninny has just completed its turbine installations and will be fully operational in late 2019.

Bellacorick

Bellacorick, Co. Mayo was the pioneer wind farm for Bord na Móna. Commissioned in 1992, it was identified as perhaps the best wind farm site in Ireland.  This wind farm was installed on a former peat production bog, which reflects Bord na Móna’s model of land change use from fossil fuel to renewable energy. Bellacorick has 21 turbines with an installed capacity of up to 6.4MW.

Bruckana

Bruckana wind farm is located on Templetouhy bog which overlaps the borders of counties Tipperary, Kilkenny and Laois. The wind farm was brought into commercial operation in 2014. There are 14 Siemens turbines with a total installed capacity of 42 MW which has the capacity to supply energy up to 23,000 homes at full output.

Bruckana

Bruckana wind farm is located on Templetouhy bog which overlaps the borders of counties Tipperary, Kilkenny and Laois. The wind farm was brought into commercial operation in 2014. There are 14 Siemens turbines with a total installed capacity of 42 MW which has the capacity to supply energy up to 23,000 homes at full output.

Mountlucas

Mountlucas wind farm is located on 1,100 hectares of peatlands near Daingean, Co. Offaly, and was commissioned in 2014. There are twenty-eight 3MW Siemens 3.0DD -101 turbines in operation in Mountlucas wind farm. These turbines have the capacity to generate up to 84MW of electricity, or enough power for up to 45,000 homes. Mountlucas has a 10km public walkway-cycleway open to the community for most of the year and ideal for nature exploration and bird watching.

Sliabh Bawn

In December 2015, Coillte and Bord na Móna commenced development on a joint venture to develop the Sliabh Bawn wind farm. It is located approximately five kilometres south-east of Strokestown, Co. Roscommon. The wind farm comprises 20 wind turbines and a substation. It has an export capacity of 58MW. There are also 28km of way-marked trails open to the public for walking, running and horse riding.

Sliabh Bawn

In December 2015, Coillte and Bord na Móna commenced development on a joint venture to develop the Sliabh Bawn wind farm. It is located approximately five kilometres south-east of Strokestown, Co. Roscommon. The wind farm comprises 20 wind turbines and a substation. It has an export capacity of 58MW. There are also 28km of way-marked trails open to the public for walking, running and horse riding.

Oweninny

This exciting wind farm project in Co. Mayo is a 50:50 joint venture project with ESB. In June 2016, planning permission was obtained for the development of 61 turbines with a tip height of up to 176m. The project will be built over two phases. Phase one, of 29 turbines, is about to come on-stream in 2019. When the wind farm is fully complete, it will have an output of 172 MW – a potential to power up 100,000 households at full capacity.

Wind farms in development

Cloncreen

In May 2017, Bord na Móna received planning permission for the proposed Cloncreen wind farm, which would be located close to the eastern boundary of Co. Offaly. The village of Clonbullogue lies to the south-east at a distance of approximately 2km. It is proposed that the wind farm will consist of 21 turbines. The surrounding landscape is a mixture of forestry, agricultural land and cutaway peatland. The purpose of the Cloncreen wind farm is to generate renewable electricity for the domestic electricity market in Ireland.

Cloncreen

In May 2017, Bord na Móna received planning permission for the proposed Cloncreen wind farm, which would be located close to the eastern boundary of Co. Offaly. The village of Clonbullogue lies to the south-east at a distance of approximately 2km. It is proposed that the wind farm will consist of 21 turbines. The surrounding landscape is a mixture of forestry, agricultural land and cutaway peatland. The purpose of the Cloncreen wind farm is to generate renewable electricity for the domestic electricity market in Ireland.

Derryadd

In line with ongoing company strategy, Bord na Móna is proposing to develop a wind farm on Derryadd, Derryaroge and Lough Bannow bogs located in south Co. Longford. The three bog areas on which the proposed wind farm will be located are generally circumscribed by the communities of Derraghan, Keenagh, Killashee and Lanesborough. The environmental assessment work at the site has shown that it is capable of accommodating approximately 90 MW of installed generating capacity. In January 2019, Bord na Mona submitted a planning application to An Bord Pleanála for the development of 24 turbines with an overall blade tip height of up to 185m.

Derrinlough

Bord na Móna is proposing to develop a wind farm on two bogs within the Boora bog group in West Offaly, namely Clongawny and Drinagh bogs. The closest settlements to the sites are Cloghan which is located approximately 2km to the north and Five Alley which is located approximately 2.5km to the south. It is proposed that the wind farm will consist of 28 turbines which will have an installed power output of approximately 112 MW.

Derrinlough

Bord na Móna is proposing to develop a wind farm on two bogs within the Boora bog group in West Offaly, namely Clongawny and Drinagh bogs. The closest settlements to the sites are Cloghan which is located approximately 2km to the north and Five Alley which is located approximately 2.5km to the south. It is proposed that the wind farm will consist of 28 turbines which will have an installed power output of approximately 112 MW.