Energy giant SSE plans to spend as much as €2bn to expand its small Arklow Bank offshore wind farm into a major endeavour, which it says will have the ability to power half a million homes when useable wind energy is being generated. Arklow Bank – located off the Wicklow coast – is Ireland’s only operating offshore wind farm with just 7 turbines in operation. Offshore wind has become more economic in recent years with the cost of capital equipment coming down, and a mechanism to subsidise it has been included in the Government’s new renewable electricity support scheme. Owner SSE is now planning to expand it significantly and outlined its vision to Wicklow County Council earlier this week. The company has a lease that provides consent for as many as 200 turbines – but said that advances in turbine technology over the last 15 years mean the maximum installed electricity capacity can be achieved with around half that.
Irish Independent 15th Sept 2018 read more »