EDF Renewables has announced plans for the development of a 30MW wind farm in County Roscommon, Ireland. The proposed Carrowkeel Wind Farm is set to be situated about 14 km northwest of Athlone town, encompassing the townlands of Kilmass, Rahara, Longfield, Grange, and Corralea.
In late 2024, EDF Renewables Ireland aims to submit a planning application and an Environmental Impact Assessment Report to support the project. If granted planning permission, the wind farm could potentially be operational by 2028.
The project team from EDF Renewables is currently collecting wind data and assessing environmental constraints on the site to create an initial wind turbine layout. Detailed environmental studies, covering ecology, noise, landscape, and visual aspects, will be conducted.
The project might feature up to five wind turbines with tip heights reaching 180 meters. However, the final layout and number of turbines will be determined based on study results and community feedback.
To support local initiatives and activities, a Community Benefit Fund proportional to the project’s size will be established. EDF Renewables Ireland is committed to keeping the local community informed, with information about the project distributed to homes within a 2km radius of the site. Further public consultation, including a public exhibition, will be conducted as plans for Carrowkeel Wind Farm progress.
Head of Development at EDF Renewables Ireland, Jenny Howard, commented “Projects like Carrowkeel Wind Farm are essential if Ireland is to increase its security of supply, lower energy costs and meet its target of delivering 80% of its electricity from renewable sources by the end of the decade.”
“This is a significant project for the local area, and EDF Renewables is committed to being a good neighbour.”
2We will be consulting closely with members of the local community at all stages of the project to keep them updated on its progress, and if the project is consented and constructed we look forward to supporting local initiatives through the creation of a Community Benefit Fund.”
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