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SSE submits application to develop an 800 MW offshore wind project in Ireland

SSE Renewables, a subsidiary of the British energy company SSE, has submitted an offshore planning consent application to the Irish planning authority An Bord Pleanála for the development of the 800 MW Arklow Bank Wind Park 2 offshore wind project, to be located off the coasts of Wicklow and North Wexford (eastern Ireland).

Subject to planning consent and a final investment decision by SSE, construction of the Arklow Bank Wind Park 2 project could start by 2026, with first energy generated by 2029. The planning application proposes the construction of up to 56 offshore wind turbines for the project. 

In May 2024, Ireland’s Ministry for the Environment, Climate and Communications launched its “Future Framework for Offshore Renewable Energy”, a long-term model to deliver 20 GW of offshore wind by 2040 and at least 37 GW by 2050. The country only had about 25 MW of installed offshore wind capacity at the end of 2022 (stable in 2023 according to preliminary estimates) but had 4.6 GW of onshore wind (over 4.8 GW in 2023).

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