EDF Renewables has disclosed its intentions to develop a 30MW wind farm, named Carrowkeel Wind Farm, in County Roscommon, Ireland. Situated approximately 14km northwest of Athlone, the proposed project spans the townlands of Kilmass, Rahara, Longfield, Grange, and Corralea.
The project development timeline involves the submission of a planning application and an Environmental Impact Assessment Report by EDF Renewables Ireland in late 2024. Pending planning permission, the wind farm could be constructed and operational by 2028.
EDF Renewables' project team is currently engaged in gathering wind data and assessing environmental constraints on the site, which will inform the creation of a preliminary wind turbine layout. Detailed environmental studies, covering aspects such as ecology, noise, landscape, and visual assessments, will also be conducted at the location.
The envisioned project could feature up to five wind turbines with tip heights reaching up to 180 meters. However, the final layout and number of machines will be determined based on the results of these studies and feedback obtained through consultation with local communities.
To support local initiatives and activities, EDF Renewables Ireland plans to establish a Community Benefit Fund proportional to the size of the final project. The company is committed to keeping the local community informed about the project, with information distribution to homes within a 2km radius of the site. Additional public consultation, including a public exhibition, will be conducted as the plans for Carrowkeel Wind Farm progress.
Jenny Howard, Head of Development at EDF Renewables Ireland, emphasized the significance of projects like Carrowkeel Wind Farm in contributing to Ireland's renewable energy targets. She stated, “We 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.”