Welcome to Oweninny Wind Farm website.
About the Project
Oweninny Wind Farm is owned by Oweninny Power DAC, a 50:50 joint venture between ESB and Bord na Móna. In June 2016, An Bord Pleanála granted planning permission for the development of Oweninny Wind Farm consisting of 61 turbines with an overall tip height of up to 176m.
Oweninny is located in North Mayo, west of Crossmolina and east of Bangor Erris, just north of the N59 road. The project site comprises of approximately 2,400 hectares and was formerly utilised for peat harvesting by Bord na Móna to provide fuel for the ESB Bellacorick peat fired power station, which ceased operation in 2005.
The wind farm will be built over two phases and when complete, will have an installed generating capacity of 172MW.
Phase 1 – Completed in 2019
Phase 1 of the Oweninny Wind Farm successfully entered operation in 2019.
Phase 1 of the wind farm consists of 29 3.2MW Siemens SWT-3.2-113 turbine provided by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. It has an installed generating capacity of 93MW. It has the capacity to power over 75,000* homes every year.
The turbines for Oweninny Wind Farm Phase 1 were delivered from Killybegs Harbour Co. Donegal to the site. The delivery of these turbines was greatly assisted by Mayo County Council, An Garda Síochána, local businesses and residents.
The project was funded by a consortium of banks including the European Investment Bank, AIB, BNP Paribas and MUFG and is a key component of Project Ireland 2040.
The wind farm has been live since mid-2019 and is currently the largest operational wind farm across both the Bord na Móna and ESB generation portfolios.
The final piece of the project is a €3 million visitor centre. The construction of the bespoke Oweninny Visitor Centre is currently ongoing. The Centre will act as an advocacy hub for renewable energy along with showcasing the rich industrial heritage of the two companies in the region.
Phase 2 – In Development
Following the completion of construction of Phase 1, the project team is now focusing on the successful delivery of Phase 2 which is a similar sized development.
Oweninny Power 2 DAC hopes to commence construction of Phase 2 of the wind farm towards the end of 2020. The project team will continue to engage with the local community as the project progresses.
The Need for Renewable Energy
The Irish Government supports the use of Ireland’s wind resources to meet our own renewable energy targets as outlined in its The Climate Action Plan 2019. This plan identifies how Ireland will achieve its 2030 targets for carbon emissions, and puts the country on a trajectory to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Oweninny Wind Farm forms part of the plan which outlines that Ireland will move to 70% renewable electricity by 2030.
*based on Commission for Energy Regulation’s average annual household consumption figure for electricity of 4,200 kWh