Two new wind farms to be developed off Co Louth coast
Renewable energy in County Louth is set to receive a boost with the development of two new wind farms.
Once operational, the Oriel Windfarm located 22km off the coast of Dundalk will generate enough capacity to cover the needs of approximately 280,000 households – most of the population in counties Louth and Meath. Oriel will furthermore contribute to the reduction of Ireland’s carbon emissions by 600,000 tonnes per annum.
The ESB together with Parkwind, an experienced offshore operator, have reached an agreement to kick start the offshore wind generation industry in the Republic of Ireland through ESB’s acquisition of up to 35% in the Oriel project.
ESB and Parkwind will also work together on the Clogherhead project for which ESB holds a foreshore license to commence site investigations. Parkwind will acquire up to 35 per cent of the Clogherhead project which is intended to be developed as a unique development, under a separate planning application.
Louth TD Fergus O’Dowd said: “The development of these two wind farms is massive news for County Louth. I am very pleased to see the ESB coming on board in these landmark projects.
“We have a long way to go in this country in terms of developing our renewable energy potential which is why projects like this one at Oriel are very important.
“The development of capital infrastructure like this in Louth will not only make us less dependent on fossil fuels but also mean we don’t have to import as much energy from other countries. The Oriel project has the potential to cater for the energy needs of every home in Louth and Meath,” Deputy O’Dowd said.