Amazon has announced that it is to purchase all the electricity from a third Irish wind farm to be located in Ardderroo, Co. Galway. The project will have an installed capacity of 115MW and will consist of 29-turbines.
MKO secured planning permission for the Ardderroo Wind Farm in July 2019 on behalf of its client, Ardderroo Wind Farm Limited. The planning application was submitted directly to An Bord Pleanála via the Strategic Infrastructure Development (SID) process, and consisted of an application for 29 turbines. Planning permission was granted by An Bord Pleanála in less than 8 months, for what until recently were the tallest permitted wind turbines in the country, at 178.5m in turbine tip height.
This is the third such corporate Purchase Price Agreement (PPA) Amazon has with the same developer, having previously agreed to purchase all the energy generated by projects located at Meenbog, Co. Donegal and Esk, Co. Cork. MKO also secured planning permission for both those projects.
The PPA announcement comes hot on the heels of the Government’s recent Renewable Energy Support Scheme (RESS) auction, which awarded fixed price contracts to renewable energy project developers for the next 15 years. The Amazon PPA with Ardderroo Wind Farm is outside of RESS, and will receive no price supports or subsidies from the Government’s public service obligation (PSO) levy on electricity consumers.