A €160 million Oweninny wind farm is set to be constructed between Crossmolina and Bangor Erris in North Mayo.
The announcement was made by ESB and Bord na Móna yesterday. The West of Ireland-based project will be funded by the European Investment Bank; AIB; MUFG Bank and BNP Paribas.
The site was previously used for peat harvesting by Bord na Móna. It has been estimated that this 89MW project will create 100 construction jobs and have the ability to power over 50,000 homes from 29 turbines.
ESB Chief Executive Pat O’Doherty welcomed ESB’s collaboration with Bord na Móna, the EIB and the other financial institutions involved: “Through this project, we are building on a long history of indigenous electricity generation at Bellacorick and demonstrating our commitment to a low carbon future, powered by clean electricity.” He said that the Oweninny wind farm will add to ESB’s existing portfolio of 16 wind farms on the island of Ireland and will support our strategy to significantly reduce the carbon intensity of the electricity we generate.”
“Over the next decade, we will replace high carbon emitting generation with low carbon and renewable alternatives, and will collaborate with innovative, like-minded organisations such as Bord na Móna and the European Investment Bank, as well as AIB, BNP Paribas and MUFG, to lead Ireland’s transition to a clean energy future.” Mr. O’Doherty concluded.
ESB and Bord na Móna have established a Community Benefit Scheme for the funding of local community projects and initiatives over the lifetime of the wind farm.