- Direct employment created through temporary construction jobs as well as long-term jobs in operations and maintenance
- Indirect employment created through the sub-supply of a wide range of products and services by local communities
- Substantial rates paid to the relevant Local Authority
- Upgrading of essential road infrastructure in the vicinity as required
The Bord na Móna Energy Park
An energy park is a site housing a range of low to zero-carbon energy generation and storage assets. Due to the size of Bord na Móna’s landbank, industrial-scale, high-demand energy users such as data centres can co-locate with these assets, reducing their energy costs and carbon emissions while guaranteeing a secure and reliable source of power.
The Bord na Móna Energy Park will incorporate 200 MW+ of low to zero carbon electricity generation from sources which may include wind, solar and gas, and will house energy storage facilities which may include battery and hydrogen. An extensive 400, 220 and 110kv grid network is easily accessible from the Bord na Móna landbank. This lowers set-up costs and reduces the need for significant grid extension work.
The proposed Energy Park also enjoys access to Ireland’s main motorway and fibre infrastructure networks, ensuring frictionless physical and data connectivity.
The Bord na Móna Energy Park will host a number of renewable energy generation and storage technologies
Bringing a range of economic and other benefits at local, regional and national levels
- Improved supply of renewable energy to match growing regional demand
- Support for renewed economic growth and energy-consuming activity in the Midlands region
- Creation of regional employment through the supply of services and materials to the Bord na Móna Energy Park
- Helps achieve Ireland’s climate goals by contributing significantly to the national renewable electricity production and carbon emissions reduction targets by 2030
- Supporting a growing economy and population
- Significant contribution to the public purse through payment of taxes from the project, and dividends from Bord na Móna to the State
- Improved integration of renewable energy assets with the National Grid
- Reduced cost of renewable energy generation
- Reduced reliance on national grid infrastructure and increased local grid resilience
As part of the on-going studies for the proposed development, Bord na Móna will also be exploring the opportunity to include amenity facilities as part of the proposed development. More information on this aspect of the development will be provided in early 2022.