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Bord na Móna picks SSE for 800MW Irish partnership

RICHARD HEAP

March 28, 2024

Irish company Bord na Móna has formed a 50:50 joint venture with British utility SSE Renewables to develop 800MW of onshore wind projects in the Republic of Ireland.

The companies said they plan to invest over €1bn in more than 800MW onshore wind projects in the country over the next decade. These projects include the development-stage trio Garryhinch wind farm on the border between Laois and Offaly; Lemanaghan wind farm in northwest Offaly; and Littleton wind farm in Tipperary. These three are set to have combined capacity of 250MW.

Tom Donnellan, chief executive at Bord na Móna, said the joint venture “marks yet another important milestone in Bord na Móna’s significant transition to become one of the leading renewable energy companies in the country” and highlighted its 5GW renewable energy target.

He said: “The portfolio of projects contained within this joint venture will be developed through a lease agreement at sites across Bord na Móna’s landbank, helping to benefit communities we have been operating in for the past 90 years. Our dedicated Community Benefit Fund will also support the local communities neighbouring our wind farm projects which could amount to annual multi-million-euro investments when all projects are fully operational.”

Stephen Wheeler, managing director at SSE Renewables, said this partnership would build on its track record in the Republic of Ireland, where it is building the 101MW Yellow River wind project in Offaly.

“Now, through this important new partnership with Bord na Móna, we can accelerate delivery of up to 800MW of new renewable energy generation for Ireland. By working together, our two organisations can deliver vital new onshore wind projects across the Midlands that will support regional economies and jobs, generate new homegrown energy for Irish consumers, while providing crucial supports to local communities across the heartland of Ireland. And in doing so, our partnership will help power the momentum needed for Ireland to meet its climate action goals for 2030 and beyond.”

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