The proposed Lenalea Wind Farm is a 50/50 joint venture onshore wind project between SSE Renewables and Coillte Renewable Energy.

The project will consist of seven turbines with a maximum tip height of 135m. When complete it will have an installed capacity of 30.5MW and will generate enough low carbon renewable energy to power 20,000 homes annually and offset 24,500 tonnes of carbon per annum, contributing significantly to Ireland's 2030 renewable energy targets.

In August 2020 Lenalea received the green light for development after it provisionally won a contract for low carbon power in Ireland’s first competitive auction for onshore wind. The provisional results of the first round of Ireland’s new Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS-1) are subject to Irish Government approval with the final results due in September 2020. The provisional contract win means Lenalea will now receive guaranteed revenue for the low carbon electricity it generates for the duration of the RESS contract.

The development is expected to enter construction in 2021 ahead of delivery in 2022/23.

The proposed Lenalea Wind Farm is in the rural upland setting of central Donegal, approximately 8km south west of Letterkenny within the townlands of Cark, Killymansy, Lenalea, Kirkneedy and Rareagh. The project previously secured consent in January 2010 but was unable to progress due to the lack of access to the electricity grid.

SSE Renewables owns and operates a number of wind farm sites adjacent to Lenalea, collectively known as Meentycat, with a total generation capacity of 86MW.

About Lenalea wind farm
OwnershipSSE Renewables and Coillte Renewable Energy
Project NameLenalea
LocationCounty Donegal
Proposed MW capacity30.5MW
Potential homes powered20,000 per annum
Potential carbon offset powered24,500 tonnes per annum
Current statusConsented with provisional RESS1 contract
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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.