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EDF Renewables Ireland confirms onshore development pipeline of almost 1GW as Minister Eamon Ryan officially opens its new Dublin office

By EDF | Posted September 29, 2021
  • EDF Renewables Ireland targeting up to 500MW of operational onshore projects by 2030 in addition to Codling Wind Park
  • Minister Eamon Ryan welcomes EDF Renewables’ commitment to investing in Ireland

EDF Renewables is announcing that its onshore development pipeline in Ireland has now grown to almost 1GW, enough to power up to 600,000* homes. The number of projects has expanded rapidly over the past few months and the company plans to have up to 500MW of onshore wind and solar projects operational by 2030. This is in addition to its flagship Codling Wind Park project, a joint venture between EDF Renewables and Fred. Olsen Renewables off the coast of Wicklow, which will be one of Ireland largest offshore wind farms at up to 1.5GW.

Speaking at the launch of EDF Renewables’ new office in Ringsend in Dublin, Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD, said:

“EDF Renewables is delivering a range of exciting projects, all of which support our goal of generating at least 70% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2030. We expect to increase that ambition even further in the forthcoming Climate Action Plan.

“I’m particularly pleased that EDF Renewables is developing significant solar and offshore wind projects, which will broaden our renewables capacity and ensure future security of electricity supply. A thriving renewables industry will help develop the green economy and create sustainable jobs. It will also mean better value for electricity consumers.

“It’s great to see companies like EDF Renewables at the forefront of this transition, helping us to deliver a net zero Ireland.”

CEO of EDF Renewables Matthieu Hue said Ireland has tremendous potential to be a world leader in renewable energy, and the company wants to help it get there.

“The construction of our first solar projects in Wexford and Kilkenny is well underway, and we’ve announced plans for a 100MW wind farm in Kilsallagh in Co. Mayo. Work on Codling Wind Park is progressing well and we expect this to be operational in 2028. This will not only be one of the largest energy infrastructure investments in Ireland this decade, but once complete it will also be one of the country’s largest offshore wind farms.

“Ireland’s tremendous potential for renewables generation must be fully leveraged to put Ireland firmly on the path of achieving its net zero commitment by 2050. This is fully aligned with EDF Renewables’ ambitions, so we are delighted to be in a position to grow our Irish team and our already sizeable renewable portfolio across multiple renewable technologies contributing to the delivery of Ireland climate goals for 2030 and beyond.”

The launch of the new office comes as part of EDF Renewables’ continued investment in Ireland. Having been active in the country since 2019, EDF Renewables’ Ireland team has grown to 15 full-time employees, and the team will now be based in Portview House in Dublin 4.

Notes to editors
*Load factors based on the five year rolling averages on unchanged configuration basis using Table 6.5 of ‘Digest of UK Energy Statistics’ - latest figures as per July 2020 release. Based upon the average domestic electricity consumption per home (temperature corrected) per the Energy Consumption in the UK (published July 2020, Table C9 of ECUK: Consumption data tables).

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.

Last year we acquired 50% of Codling Wind Park, a major offshore wind farm which will be located off the coast of Co. Wicklow, and 100% of Wexford Solar, which includes eight solar projects across Ireland. In the UK we have an operating portfolio of 37 wind farms (together totalling almost 1GW). Across UK and Ireland, EDF Renewables portfolio includes over 5GW of projects in development.

EDF Renewables operates in more than 20 countries around the world.

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