Wicklow at centre of Government’s ambitious 2030 renewable energy plans
Wicklow looks set to play a central role in Ireland’s renewable energy future which the government hopes will provide 70% of our power needs by 2030.
Four renewable wind farm projects off the coast of Wicklow have been deemed ‘relevant projects’ by the government and will now receive final development consent meaning they are one step closer to becoming a reality.
The Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Damien English and the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton today announced the seven offshore renewable energy projects they believe have the greatest capability to help the government achieve their 70% renewable energy target in the next ten years.
The four Wicklow projects are being developed by two companies Innogy Renewables and Codling Wind Park.
Innogy has two sites off the Wicklow Coast, the first running from south Dublin beyond Bray head and the second in the Kish Banks.
Codling Wind Park Ltd (CWPL), a joint development partnership between Fred Olsen Renewables (FOR) and EDF Renewables (EDFR) is developing two further sites between Greystones and Wicklow Town.
On making the announcement, Minister Bruton said: “This now sets out a clear development path for these offshore wind projects which will play a key role in decarbonising our electricity system.
“This is a clear example of the Government’s determination to deliver on our climate and renewable energy ambitions to deliver 70% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2030,” Minister Bruton concluded.
The other three sites selected as ‘relevant projects’ are off the coast of Galway, Louth and north county Dublin.