Bord na Móna is proposing to develop a wind farm on Oweninny Bog located in North Mayo. The proposed development will be known as Oweninny Wind Farm Phase 3.
Number of turbines
The final layout comprises of 18 wind turbines. Apart from the turbines themselves, the other principal components of the wind farm are the foundations to support the turbine towers, access, crane hard standings, underground cables between the turbines, an on-site electricity substation and an electrical connection to the appropriate node on the National Grid.
Height of turbines
The proposed turbines will have an overall blade tip height of up to 200 metres above ground level. Within this size envelope, various configurations of hub height and rotor diameter may be used. The exact make and model of the turbine will be dictated by a competitive tender process, post planning and it will not exceed the maximum tip height of 200 metres above ground level.
The turbine layout has been designed with a minimum setback distance of 1000m to the nearest house from a turbine. This complies with the Draft Wind Energy Development Guidelines (2019), which proposes a setback distance of 4 times the tip height
The development of the proposed Oweninny Wind Farm Phase 3 will support up to 100 jobs at peak construction and 3-5 long term, high quality technical jobs in operations and maintenance.
Local communities will also benefit from additional rates paid to the Local Authority which support the provision of local services, a community benefit scheme and the upgrading of road infrastructure where necessary in the local area.
Internal Road Network
The proposed wind farm will consist of approximately 23km of internal road network.
Submission of Planning
It is envisaged that a planning application will be submitted in early 2023 for the proposed project.