Bord na Móna is committed to helping Ireland meet its renewable energy target of 16% by 2020 as set out in the EU Directive (2009/28/EC) which is illustrated in a useful infographic on our Wind Energy page.
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 has three commissioned wind farms, that are supplying energy to the National Grid.
Mountlucas Wind Farm is located on 1,100 hectares of cutaway Peatlands near Daingean, Co. Offaly, and was commissioned in 2014. Mount Lucas forms part of the Derrygreenagh group of bogs that straddles the counties of Kildare, Offaly and Westmeath. Development work commenced on these bogs in 1952/53.
In 1955, Bord na Móna developed the Derrygreenagh Park housing scheme in Rochfortbridge, Co. Westmeath. This was built by Bord na Móna for employees of Derrygreenagh. It consisted of 100 houses. By doing this, Bord na Móna provided the local community with much needed livelihood. In 1958, the first milled peat production took place. When Derrygreenagh opened around 250 people were employed there.
By the 1970s, at peak periods, over 750 people were employed. Over the years Mountlucas bog supplied the local Croghan Briquette Factory which opened in 1961. In the mid 70’s Bord na Móna established a scheme that enabled tenants to purchase their houses outright. In 2000, due to falling demand, the local Croghan Briquette factory was closed. By 2001, the Mountlucas bog had ceased production operations. There are twenty-eight 3MW Siemens 3.0DD -101 turbines in operation in Mountlucas Wind Farm. These turbines have the capacity to generate 84MW of electricity, or enough power for over 45,000 homes. Mountlucas Wind Farm displaces 125,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases every year.
Approximately 1.5% of the area is used for the wind farm (turbine bases, roads, etc); this offers huge opportunity for other uses of this cutaway bog – including a 7km public walkway-cycleway, that is served by car parks at both the north and east entrances. This amenity is open to the community for most of the year and is free of charge. We are also taking bookings for guided tours of the facility. Find out more information about the Mountlucas amenity.
Bord na Móna has developed a community gain scheme in co-operation with the communities adjacent to the Mountlucas Wind Farm. Find more information on the community gains scheme.
Bruckana Wind Farm is located on Templetouhy cutaway bog – situated on the borders of counties Tipperary, Kilkenny and Laois. Bruckana wind farm was brought into commercial operation in 2014. Bord na Móna began sod peat production at Templetouhy in 1955. Templetuohy was later amalgamated with the southerly located Littleton works for administrative purposes.
During the 1980’s, peak employment each year was 150 people with a combined production of 74,000 tonnes of sod peat per year. Littleton became a milled peat works in the early 1980’s, but sod peat production continued in Templetuohy.
In 2012 Bruckana ceased sod peat production; however, parts of Templetuohy bog are still in operation today producing milled peat for the Littleton Briquette Factory. Bord na Móna provided vital employment to generations of local people in the heartland area of Tipperary – spanning Littleton, Killenaule, Ballingarry and Templetuohy.
Bord na Móna, along with the local people and organisations in Crosspatrick and Moyne – Templetuohy, designed a community benefit scheme as part of the Bruckana Wind Farm development. This scheme was set up for the locality around the Bruckana Wind Farm.
Bord na Móna established Ireland’s first commercial wind farm on cutaway blanket bog at Bellacorick, Co. Mayo in 1992. Operations began in Bellacorick in the early 1950s. Over the next six decades Bord na Móna employed thousands of workers – harvesting peat and supplying it to the local ESB power station at Bellacorick. As the land is remote, virtually uninhabited blanket bogland used for milled peat production, it was an ideal location for the wind farm. Belleacorick has long since been identified as perhaps the best wind farm site in Ireland.