Project

South Irish Sea

We are facing a global climate emergency. The human, environmental and economic costs of global warming will be felt in all countries and most acutely in coastal communities. We must act now to harness the power of nature and tackle the climate crisis.

Ireland’s Climate Action Plan aims to reduce carbon emissions by 51% and to generate 70% of electricity from renewable sources by 2030. At least 5GW of electricity will come from offshore wind, providing the clean, affordable, and reliable energy that our communities and businesses need.

South Irish Sea is an offshore renewable energy project proposed to be located a minimum of 10km and up to 25km off the coasts of Wexford and south Wicklow. The project will help to decarbonise our energy supply and reduce emissions – protecting the environment for current and future generations. The project is at the early stage of the environmental assessment process. The information gathered during this phase will help to identify and refine a suitable location for the wind farm.

South Irish Sea will deliver substantial environmental and economic benefits for coastal and fishing communities in line with the Government’s Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS).

Area of Interest Map

Project Components

Project Timeline

2019

Foreshore Licence
Application

Environmental Surveys
Commence

Stakeholder Engagement &
Fisheries Liaison Officers Appointed

2020

Ongoing Environmental
Surveys

2021

Consultation 1:
Introduction

Award of
Foreshore Licence

2022

Surveys and site
investigations

Consultation 2:
EIA Scoping &
Emerging Options

Offshore design including
array location and layout, cable
corridor, offshore substation

Onshore design including
landfall location, grid connection
and onshore cable corridor

Consultation 3: Refined Proposal

2023

Lodgement of Planning Application

Statutory Consultation

2024

Planning Decision and
Grid Connection Offer

2025
2026

Construction

End of Project