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SSE buys consented 100-MW onshore wind project in Ireland

SSE Renewables Ltd. has bought a shovel-ready onshore wind farm project in County Offaly, Ireland, from developer Green Wind Energy (Wexford) Ltd.

Yellow River wind farm will comprise 29 turbines and have a total capacity of around 100 MW. Construction is set to begin in late 2020 and completion is expected by 2022. The wind farm will have a lifetime of 25 years and will be able to power 50,000 homes each year.

"This acquisition, and the pursuit of future acquisitions, is in line with SSE Renewables' objective of continually exploring opportunities to grow our onshore wind development pipeline in Ireland and Great Britain," said Paul Cooley, director of capital projects at the SSE PLC subsidiary. "Yellow River wind farm will contribute towards our ambition of developing and building enough renewable energy capacity to treble annual output of renewable electricity to 30TWh by 2030."

SSE Renewables owns and operates 708 MW of onshore wind capacity across the island of Ireland and has a development pipeline of 600 MW, along with a portfolio of early-stage offshore wind farms. The business recently expanded outside of the U.K. and Ireland for the first time, acquiring a 134-MW wind development portfolio in Germany.

The company said it would now build "strong and meaningful relationships" with the local community near the Yellow River site. Public opposition to onshore wind development has become prevalent in certain communities across Europe.