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SSE Renewables buys 100-MW Irish wind project

The Galway wind farm in Ireland. Image: SSE

December 18 (Renewables Now) - The renewables arm of UK utility SSE plc (LON:SSE) on Wednesday said it has added to its portfolio a wind power project in Ireland with a capacity of over 100 MW.

The Yellow River Wind Farm development, located near Rhode in county Offaly, was sold by Green Wind Energy (Wexford) Ltd. The project, which has full planning consent since 2014, is to consist of 29 yet to be selected turbines. 

Pre-construction works are already underway, with full construction to begin in late 2020. The wind farm is expected to be completed in 2022, according to the statement. Once operational, the wind park will produce enough power to supply more than 50,000 households and save more than 2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) over its expected 25-year lifetime.

This is the latest addition to SSE Renewables' Irish portfolio, which includes 708 MW of installed onshore wind capacity and about 600 MW of new onshore wind projects under development. The company also develops offshore wind projects in Irish waters.

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