Demand for Wicklow off-shore windfarms blows up as Energia applies for licence
Energy provider Energia is applying for a foreshore licence to explore the possibly of locating a windfarm off the south Wicklow and Wexford coasts.
The news comes a week after it was announced that French energy giant EDF has bought a 50% stake in the Codling offshore wind project 13km off the coast of Wicklow for €100m.
Energia is seeking permission to undertake early stage site investigation surveys which are necessary to assess the suitability of the area for an offshore wind farm.
It is not a planning permission application and does not provide permission to build a wind farm.
It is envisaged that any survey activity would take place over a 24-month period and will provide environmental and technical information relating to the study area.
This necessary information would be one of several inputs that would inform any future decision to proceed with a potential planning application.
“Energia is one of Ireland’s leading and most experienced renewable energy providers,” Peter Baillie, Managing Director of Energia Renewables said.
“We are committed to the communities we serve and to play our part in contributing to positive climate action.”