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Bord na Móna Windfarms Win Big In Renewable Energy Auction

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Bord na Móna has announced that two of its major wind farm projects were successful in the first competitive auction under the Government's new Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS-1).

Cloncreen Wind Farm and the Oweninny Wind Farm Phase 2 (joint venture with ESB, in Co Mayo) were both successful in their bids, winning 158MW total capacity in the auction.

Of the 82 successful bids in the auction, Bord na Móna's two projects represent a massive 25 percent of the total capacity awarded. Together the two wind farms will supply enough renewable energy to power over 100,000 homes across Ireland per annum.

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The two wind farm projects represent a €170m investment by Bord na Móna into its Brown to Green strategy, which has positioned the company at the forefront of delivering on government policy and national decarbonisation commitments.

Bord na Móna Chief Executive, Tom Donnellan said: "The economic recovery and the climate emergency both highlight the critical need for Ireland to have a strong, stable supply of renewable energy. This auction demonstrates Bord na Móna’s leadership role in the delivery of the nation’s green energy supply using our proven capability in this area and our 80,000 hectares (200,000 acres) estate.

"We are now on track to achieve a 300 percent increase in our renewable energy output in this decade. By 2030 we will be generating 3.5 terawatt hours (TWH) of renewable energy that will significantly help Ireland deliver on its carbon reduction and green energy targets."

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