An Bord Pleanála has granted planning permission to renewable energy partners SSE Renewables and FuturEnergy Ireland to develop the Drumnahough Wind Farm in Co Donegal.

The onshore project will comprise 12 turbines and is located is in the rural uplands of Donegal, 13km from Letterkenny.

During construction, Drumnahough Wind Farm will generate about 60 jobs.

Once operational, the 60 MW wind farm will be capable of generating enough green energy to power around 40,000 homes and offset almost 40 million kilograms of carbon emissions a year.

Drumnahough Wind Farm, a 50-50 co-development between SSE Renewables and FuturEnergy Ireland, represents a joint total capital investment of around €60m between the two partners.

SSE Renewables will lead on the construction of the project and will operate the wind farm when it is finished.

Garry Brides, Project Manager of Drumnahough for SSE Renewables, said that delivery of Drumnahough Wind Farm will help boost Ireland's energy independence and cut costs for the consumer by providing cheaper, more secure, homegrown energy for consumers.

"It will also make a significant contribution to Ireland's ambitious renewable energy targets and efforts to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050," he added.

Mary Lynch, Portfolio Director at FuturEnergy Ireland, said that receiving the positive planning determination for Drumnahough Wind Farm from An Bord Pleanála is a very strong validation of the high-quality application which was prepared in respect of this opportunity.

"The focus of the joint teams now shifts immediately to the grid and commercialisation modules, which the partners will use every effort to advance, particularly at a time of acute climate crisis," she said.