In December 2023, SSE Renewables and FuturEnergy Ireland jointly submitted a planning application for Glenora Wind Farm to An Bord Pleanála.

The proposed site is located in North Mayo, approximately 7km southwest of Ballycastle and 6km southeast of Belderrig.

The two companies are 50:50 co-development partners for the proposed 22 turbine onshore wind farm.

If approved and constructed as proposed, Glenora Wind Farm would have the capacity to generate 158MW of green energy, enough to power over 115,000 homes annually and offset an estimated 113,000 metric tonnes of harmful carbon emissions each year*.

Proposed number of turbines
Anticipated installed generation capacity

An architect’s visualisation of the proposed Glenora Wind Farm in North Mayo from along the Western Way.

The submission of a planning application for the proposed wind farm follows an extensive period of consultation with local residents and neighbouring communities which took place throughout the course of 2022. Feedback received during this process has helped inform the final proposed design of the wind farm.

An application to An Bord Pleanála for the proposed infrastructure to connect Glenora Wind Farm to the national grid is expected to be submitted in the second half of next year.

It is estimated that delivery of the proposed project could support up to 120 jobs at peak construction, creating significant supply chain opportunities for local contractors in the region. Once operational, the onshore wind farm would continue to provide an economic boost to the region through local operational spend as well as annual contributions in commercial rates payments to the local authority.

In addition to environmental and economic benefits, a multi-million-euro Community Benefit Fund would be established upon Glenora Wind Farm entering commercial operations, with payments made annually to support good causes in the locality and region.

Final delivery of Glenora Wind Farm will be subject to the project receiving the necessary planning consents, securing a route to market, and a final investment decision by the project’s co-development partners.

* Quoted 115,632 homes powered based on projected 158.4MW installed capacity, typical projected wind load factor of 35%, and typical annual consumption (4,200kWh). 113,643 metric tonnes of carbon emissions abated based on projected annual MWh output and latest average CO2 Emissions (0.234g/kWh) in the All-Island Single Electricity Market, and published by the CRU in its Fuel Mix Disclosure and CO2 Emissions for 2022, November 2023.

Planning documents

Planning application documents can be viewed at the link below from Thursday 14 December 2023

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