Booltiagh I wind farm is located 5km south-east of Milltown Malbay in Co. Clare. It consists of 12 turbines that have been operational since 2005. It’s operational lifetime is due to expire in 2025. We will be submitting a planning application to Clare County Council in late 2022 for an extension of life.
This will allow us to continue operating Booltiagh I wind farm for an additional number of years. Following this we intend to submit a planning application in Q2 2023 to repower the wind farm in the future. It is expected that the repower proposal will include up to 5 turbines, replacing the existing 12 turbines with modern, higher capacity and more efficient generators. The site is undergoing an intensive programme of environmental investigations and surveys, which will help to inform final designs, in advance of our lodging of a planning application. While this progresses, we will be continuing to actively engage with the local communities surrounding the site. For more information on this, see our community page.
With rising energy costs becoming a major issue for people in Ireland throughout their day-to-day lives, there are clear benefits to be seen in the development of an indigenous renewable energy resource, like here in Booltiagh I. This helps to secure Ireland’s independent future, by reducing our reliance on volatile and costly energy imports. Ørsted is further committed to contributing to this development and helping Ireland to position itself as a modern, low-carbon country powered by a secure, local energy generation network.
We seek to be good neighbours in the communities in which we develop, operate and repower projects. Engagement with the local community is a key activity for the project team. The project team will be meeting with the local community to ensure that information is made available and that queries are responded to in a transparent and efficient manner. A community engagement event will take place in early 2023.
If you have any queries about the project, please do not hesitate to contact our Community Liaison Officer (CLO) Aidan Stakelum by email at ASTAK@orsted.com, by phone at 086 103 7437, or write to us at: Floor 5, City Quarter, Lapps Quay, Cork City, Cork, Ireland.