The two windfarm projects represent a €170m investment by Bord na Móna into its Brown to Green strategy.

Two windfarm projects representing a combined investment of €170m by Bord na Móna have emerged successful in the first competitive auction under the Irish Government’s new Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS-1).

Cloncreen Wind Farm (located in Co Offaly) and the Oweninny Wind Farm Phase 2 (a joint venture with ESB, located in Co Mayo) were both successful in their bids, winning 158MW total capacity in the auction.

“We are now on track to achieve a 300pc increase in our renewable energy output in this decade”

The two windfarm projects represent a €170m investment by Bord na Móna into its Brown to Green strategy, which has positioned the company at the forefront of delivering on government policy and national decarbonisation commitments.

Climate emergency

Of the 82 successful bids in the auction, Bord na Móna’s two projects represent a massive 25pc of the total capacity awarded. Together the two wind farms will supply enough renewable energy to power over 100,000 homes across Ireland per annum.

“The economic recovery and the climate emergency both highlight the critical need for Ireland to have a strong, stable supply of renewable energy,” said Bord na Móna CEO Tom Donnellan.

“This auction demonstrates Bord na Móna’s leadership role in the delivery of the nation’s green energy supply using our proven capability in this area and our 80,000 hectare (200,000 acre) estate.

“We are now on track to achieve a 300pc increase in our renewable energy output in this decade. By 2030 we will be generating 3.5 terrawatt hours (TWH) of renewable energy that will significantly help Ireland deliver on its carbon reduction and green energy targets,” said Donnellan.

Written by John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 15 September, 2020

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