Renewable energy group SSE has obtained permission for onshore works required for phase two of its Arklow Bank offshore wind farm on the national grid.
An Bord Pleanála’s decision means that SSE Renewables is the first company to obtain planning permission to develop onshore transmission grid infrastructure for an Irish offshore wind farm.
SSE Renewables is actively developing phase two of the Arklow Bank Wind Farm, 8 miles off the Wicklow coast, east of Arklow.
The company will shortly seek consent from the maritime area to allow it to proceed with the application for planning permission for the project’s offshore infrastructure, which includes offshore wind turbines, substation platforms and submarine cables. .
GE already has seven turbines in operation in the first phase of the wind farm. SSE says it is targeting the delivery of up to 800MW of offshore wind power to Arklow Bank with the potential to power nearly 850,000 homes a year and offset around 830 billion kilograms of carbon emissions in this which should be an investment of 2.5 billion euros which will go live in 2028.
“This consent is the culmination of nearly three years of work by our project team members,” said Kaj Christiansen, project development manager.
“This is the first ever planning decision for a component of a major offshore wind farm in Ireland. It marks a significant step forward for the country, for our planning authorities and for the industry as we work in collaboration to provide offshore wind in Ireland on a large scale.
The permission allows for the construction of a substation at Arklow River Business Park and its connection to the national grid, including an underground cable route and associated infrastructure linking the substation to the landing point at Johnstown North, Arklow, where it will meet the plan offshore submarine cables connecting the wind farm