Friday 24 May 2024

Planning application to be made for first offshore wind farm in 20 years

 The first offshore wind farm in 20 years will lodge a planning application this week, seeking permission to install turbines off the Co Louth coast. Oriel Windfarm wants to erect 25 turbines with a tip height of 270 metres in waters between Cooley Point and Dunany Point. They would be 6km from shore at their closest point to land at Cooley Point and be spread out over an area covering almost 28 square kilometres. The windfarm would have the capacity to generate 375 megawatts of electricity, enough to power the equivalent of 300,000 homes. Ireland has just one offshore wind farm, the Arklow Bank Wind Park which has been running seven small turbines since 2004. Plans for six others are at an advanced stage but Oriel will be the first to submit its application to An Bord Pleanála.

Read the full article @ The Irish Independent 

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