The proposed Drumnahough Wind Farm is a 50/50 joint venture onshore wind project between SSE Renewables and Coillte Renewable Energy.
The project proposes 12 turbines capable of generating around 60MW of green energy, contributing significantly to Ireland's 2030 renewable energy targets under the Climate Action Plan of 2019.
The Drumnahough Wind Farm site is located in the rural upland area of central Donegal, approximately 13km South-West of Letterkenny and near the existing Meentycat Wind Farm.
Subject to planning approval, it is expected that construction work on the wind farm will commence in summer 2023 and that it will be fully operational in late 2024.
During construction, Drumnahough Wind Farm will generate approximately 60 jobs. Once operational the wind farm will generate enough green energy to power 40,000 homes and offset almost 50,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually^.
The project represents a capital investment of around €60 million by co-developers SSE Renewables and Coillte. This spend will help support the regional supply chain through the use of local contractors and suppliers where possible, including hotels, shops and cafés among others. In addition, a sponsorship fund will be initially available during the pre-construction and construction phases of the wind farm.
Over the lifetime of the project many millions of euro in annual commercial rates will be made to Donegal County Council, contributing substantial funds to local services. Additionally, a multi-million-euro community benefit fund will be launched to support local groups and organisations for the expected lifetime of the wind farm. The community fund focuses on projects that enhance energy efficiency, sustainability, education and climate action initiatives. Further details on the Community Benefit Fund will be available prior to the commencement of construction.
Interested members of the public can also find out more online by visiting a dedicated project website, www.Drumnahough.com.
|About Drumnahough wind farm|
|Ownership||SSE Renewables and Coillte Renewable Energy|
|Proposed MW capacity||60MW|
|Potential homes powered||40,000 per annum|
|Potential carbon offset powered||48,500 tonnes per annum|
|Current status||Pre-planning stage|
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^Total annual homes powered quoted based on projected capacity, typical wind load factor of 32%, and typical annual consumption (4,200kWh). Quoted CO2 emissions abated based on projected annual MWh output and latest average CO2 Emissions (0.291t/MWh) in the All-Island Single Electricity Market, and published by the CRU in its Fuel Mix Disclosure and CO2 Emissions for 2018, September 2019.