EDF Renewables Ireland announces new c.50MW wind farm for Carlow
EDF Renewables Ireland is announcing plans to develop a c.50MW wind farm to the northwest of Old Leighlin in Co. Carlow. The proposed Seskin Wind Farm will be located in the townlands of Seskinrea and Ridge, and could power more than 36,000 homes.*
The project team is currently gathering wind data and mapping the environmental constraints on site which will be used to create a preliminary wind turbine layout. Detailed environmental studies will also be carried out at the site, including ecology, noise, landscape and visual assessments. The results of these studies, together with feedback gathered in consultation with local communities, will be used to determine the final wind farm layout and number of turbines.
EDF Renewables Ireland intends to submit a planning application and an Environmental Impact Assessment Report in support of the project, which could consist of up to seven turbines, to Carlow County Council in late 2022 or early 2023.
Subject to planning permission, the wind farm could be constructed and operational by 2026. Once constructed, a Community Benefit Fund commensurate with the size of the final project will be established to provide funding for local community initiatives and activities.
EDF Renewables is currently in discussions with Coillte about the inclusion of sections of Coillte property in the proposal in addition to other third party lands. Anyone with Coillte related queries about the proposal is asked to please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
EDF Renewables Ireland is committed to keeping local people informed about its projects and a number of public consultation events will take place as the Seskin Wind Farm progresses. These will be either online or in a local venue, depending on Covid-19 guidelines.
Commenting on the announcement, Kevin Daly, Head of Development at EDF Renewables Ireland, said: “Projects like Seskin Wind Farm are crucial to tackling the climate crisis and decarbonising our energy supply, and will contribute to helping Ireland meet its target of delivering 80% of its electricity from renewable sources by the end of this decade.
“Building and maintain good relationships with the local community is always a priority for EDF Renewables wherever we develop projects. Seskin Wind Farm will also make a positive contribution to the area in the form of the Community Benefit Fund, which will provide funding for local initiatives and activities.
“We look forward to working closely with local residents and the wider community in west Carlow, as well as the County Council, to keep them updated on the project and how it can benefit the area.”
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* SEAI Energy in Ireland Report, December 2020, Section.7.3.1, Table.33
For further information please contact:
David Clancy, External Affairs Manager, EDF Renewables Ireland
Phone: 087 172 2762
About EDF Renewables Ireland
EDF Renewables Ireland is part of one of the world’s largest electricity companies and our investment and innovation in renewable energy projects is reducing costs for consumers and bringing significant benefits to communities.
EDF Renewables Ireland’s team has a wealth of experience in bringing complex development projects to fruition, across onshore and offshore wind, solar PV and battery storage technology, and is supported by more than 300 colleagues in the UK.
In 2020 we acquired 50% of Codling Wind Park, a major offshore wind farm which will be located off the coast of Co. Wicklow, with a dedicated team who have begun developing the project, and 100% of Wexford Solar, which includes eight solar projects across Ireland. In total we have an Irish onshore development pipeline of almost 1GW.
In the UK, EDF Renewables an operating portfolio of 37 wind farms and two battery storage units (together totalling almost 1GW).
EDF Renewables operates in more than 20 countries around the world.