ESB's Wind Energy Strategy
At ESB, we believe in the power of wind energy and the potential it has in leading the transition to a low-carbon future.
From our first 5MW wind farm in Crockahenny, Co Donegal in 1998 we have developed an onshore wind asset portfolio which has the capacity to supply almost 1GW of green energy to the homes, farms, hospitals, schools, and businesses throughout Ireland and the United Kingdom. Check out our asset map here for more information on all our wind farm sites across Ireland and the UK.
Mirroring the Government's 2030 target of 70% of all electricity used in the Republic of Ireland generated from renewable sources, ESB is committed to continue developing its own pipeline of low-carbon generation assets including wind farms. As outlined in our Brighter Future strategy, we plan to have more than 5GW of wind assets by 2030.
Current Onshore Wind Projects
- In 2019, we announced our intention to partner with Coillte to create a joint venture to develop onshore wind assets on Coillte owned land in Ireland. More information here.
- In late 2019, ESB and Bord na Mona completed phase one of Oweninny Wind Farm in Co Mayo with 89MW. Planning has now been submitted for phase two of that project, adding 83MW to Ireland's renewable asset portfolio. For more information, click here.
- In 2020, Grousemount Wind Farm in Co Kerry, ESB’s largest onshore asset, came into commission which has the capacity to generate 114MW of green energy. For more information, click here.
- We continue to develop a pipeline of around 1GW of onshore wind assets in Scotland and Wales.
Developing our offshore assets
ESB is committed to the development of an offshore wind portfolio in Ireland and the UK.
- In 2019, we announced our partnership with Parkwind in the development of the Oriel and Clogherhead Wind farms. For more information, click here.
- We also entered into a key strategic partnering agreements with Equinor in 2019 to co-develop offshore wind assets in Ireland. For more information, click here.
- This builds on our acquisition of a stake in the Galloper windfarm in 2018 and the 50% shareholding in the Neart na Gaoithe 448 MW offshore wind farm project, located off the east coast of Scotland.
- In October 2020, ESB joined with Edinburgh-based Red Rock Power Limited to form a 50:50 joint venture for Inch Cape Offshore Limited, a large wind farm development off the east coast of Scotland. Read more here.
ESB Wind Farm Community Funds
At ESB, we recognise that achieving a transition to a low-carbon economy can only occur through responsible development which includes genuine community engagement. We want our wind farm investments to deliver long term social, economic and environmental benefits for everyone.
ESB, with its joint venture partners, established wind farm community benefit funds with the intention of encouraging stronger interaction and engagement with communities neighbouring our wind farms as well as helping those communities to become more sustainable through the support of positive local initiatives and activities. The wind farm community benefit funds are available to support projects that are aligned with local needs and opportunities such as the purchase of equipment, building or refurbishment work.
Approximately €1million is awarded annually via our nominated grant making organisations.
The ‘Area of Benefit’
or AOB is a radius of up to 10km around a wind farm, which is set to ensure
that communities directly neighbouring our wind farms benefit most from the
funds. As such, applications from within the AOB will receive priority over all
In order for an
application from outside the AOB to be considered for funding it must demonstrate
the benefit provided to the communities within the AOB.
All grants from the
Funds are made retrospectively, as such; monies will only be made available to
an organisation upon completion of their proposed project. For grant aid to be
paid out, you must submit a grant claims form provided to you and other
necessary supporting documentation as stated within the form itself and your
signed contract. Incomplete claims will result in delays processing your grant.