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EDF Renewables Ireland announces plans for 100 MW Mayo wind farm

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EDF Renewables Ireland has announced plans to develop a 100 MW wind farm to the south of Bellacorick in Mayo which could  consist of up to 25 turbines and power more than 60,000 homes.
EDF Renewables Ireland announces plans for 100 MW Mayo wind farm
Green Rigg wind farm. Courtesy of EDF Renewables Ireland.

The proposed project will be located in a forested area to the northeast of Slieve Carr, approximately 8 kilometres southeast of Bangor Erris. 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 to An Bord Pleanála in early 2022. Subject to planning permission, the wind farm is expected to be operational in 2028. A Community Benefit Fund commensurate with the size of the final project will be established to provide funding for local community initiatives and activities.

The company will hold a number of public consultation events as the Kilsallagh Wind Farm progresses. These will be either online or in a local venue, depending on Covid-19 restrictions.

“Kilsallagh Wind Farm will make a positive contribution to Ireland’s efforts to tackle the climate crisis” said Kevin Daly, Head of Development at EDF Renewables Ireland. “We look forward to working closely with residents and the community in Mayo and the County Council to keep them updated on progress and the benefits this project will bring to the local area. The west of Ireland is home to some of the best wind conditions in the country – but the absence of sufficient transmission infrastructure is a big challenge when it comes to harnessing this potential. More will need to be done to ensure Ireland’s grid system can accommodate the low-carbon energy that is needed to fight climate change and power our lives.”

For additional information:

EDF Renewables Ireland

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