Construction has commenced on the development of Phase 2 of Oweninny Wind Farm in Bellacorrick, Co Mayo. Once complete, Phase 2 will have an output capacity of 83MW and both phases combined will have an overall output of 172MW. This is equivalent to providing clean energy to more than 140,000 homes per annum.
Developed by ESB and Bord na Móna, Phase 2 of the wind farm represents an investment of more than €100m in Ireland’s clean energy future and is currently one of the largest construction projects in the west of Ireland. The value of the project to the local economy is in the region of €25m through local suppliers and equipment providers, employment and accommodation. This is a similar investment to the local economy as Phase 1.
Phase 2 was successful in the recent Renewable Energy Support Scheme (RESS-1) capacity auction with initial works on the site commencing in February 2021. To date, Roadbridge has constructed more than 10km of the internal access road and excavation works for turbine foundations while crane hardstandings are ongoing. H&MV have commenced the electrical works while Nordexare is the preferred supplier for the 31 required wind turbines. More than 100 jobs will be sustained during the construction phase, with a majority of the workforce from the Connacht region.
The Phase 2 wind farm will connect to the existing onsite substation which was developed during the construction of the Phase 1 wind farm. The project is scheduled for completion in Q4 2022.
A substantial community benefit fund will be developed For Phase 2 in line with the Government’s Good Practice Principles for Community Benefit Funds (due for publication in July 2021). The Fund will be calculated based on the annual output of the wind farm at a rate of €2 per Mega Watt Hour of Loss-Adjusted Metered Quantity.
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