SSE Renewables and its partner FuturEnergy Ireland are co-developing the 30MW Lenalea wind farm in central Donegal, which is now under construction.
The first pour of low-carbon concrete for the project’s seven turbine foundations has begun, and it will be finished in the following weeks.
The delivery of the seven Vestas V117-4.2 MW turbines in 4.3 MW operating mode is slated to begin in spring 2023, with the installation of the turbines scheduled for summer 2023.
The wind farm is planned to be fully operational and completed in late 2023.
The Lenalea Wind Farm is located in central Donegal’s rural upland setting, about 10 kilometres southwest of Letterkenny and within the townlands of Cark, Killmansey, Lenalea, Kirkneedy, and Rareagh.
In addition, the property is close to SSE Renewables’ existing Meentycat Wind Farm.
SSE Renewables and FuturEnergy Ireland have invested a total capital investment of roughly €36 million in the Lenalea Wind Farm project.
Working directly with the contractor, Omagh-based Adman Civil Projects, or through local subcontractors, this investment will assist promote County Donegal’s green recovery.
FuturEnergy Ireland’s project manager for Lenalea Wind Farm, Emmet Mc Laughlin, said: “This is a landmark moment for the project with subsequent pours scheduled for the coming weeks that will complete this phase of construction.
“As a Donegal native, I am delighted to see Lenalea Wind Farm DAC procuring the services of the local contracting workforce and sourcing construction materials nearby, which reflects the local employment opportunities that wind energy projects can create.”