Bord na Mona to build 200-MW renewable energy hub in Ireland

Bord na Mona's Oweninny wind farm in County Mayo, Ireland. Image courtesy of Bord na Mona.

September 29 (Renewables Now) - Irish utility service provider Bord na Mona intends to build a 200-MW wind and solar power generation hub in the Irish Midlands, set to become Ireland’s first dedicated renewable energy business park.

The hybrid power complex is planned to be installed on over 3,000 ha (7,400 acres) of land in the counties Meath, Offaly and Westmeath. Apart from producing electricity from wind turbines and solar panels, the site will also integrate flexible power generation technology, battery storage and hydrogen production capacity, the developer said on Monday.

The selected site offers available grid connections, located in proximity. According to Bord na Mona, the energy park will be attractive for industrial and high-demand energy users such as large-scale distribution facilities and data centres.

A company spokesperson has told the Irish Times that the developer plans to file a planning application for the project in the next 18-24 months. Consultations will local communities are due to be launched this week.

Bord na Mona and its joint venture partner ESB, an Irish energy group, last week reached financial closing on an 83-MW wind project that will expand the Oweninny complex in North County Mayo to 172 MW.

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