The 169-MW Galway wind park, Ireland's largest wind farm, has started commercial operation, UK utility SSE plc (LON:SSE) said today.
The wind park has been developed by SSE and Irish state-owned forestry company Coillte, and will supply its electricity to SSE's retail arm SSE Airtricity.
The EUR-280-million (USD 329m) facility is located in Cloosh Valley, County Galway and consists of 58 Siemens 3-MW wind turbines. SSE announced the completion of its 66-MW first phase in June.
According to SSE, Galway wind park is also Ireland's best performing wind farm as the turbines have been specifically engineered for the prevailing wind conditions at the site. They are expected to produce more than 600 GWh per year, enough to power over 140,000 Irish homes.
The Galway project brings SSE's operational onshore wind farm portfolio in Ireland to 768 MW. It also takes Coillte's operational wind portfolio to over 200 MW.