One of the off-shore wind farms planned for the Waterford area has been acquired by a new company.
RWE is a global renewable energies company and they've purchased the East Celtic Wind Farm from Wester Power Offshore Holdings Limited.
The East Celtic project, which is located about 10 km off the coast of Waterford and Wexford, will significantly expand RWE’s offshore wind developments in Ireland.
The first phase of the wind farm is expected to be capable of generating up to 900 megawatts of clean wind energy by 2030.
By that year, East Celtic will be contributing to the Irish Government’s 80% renewable energy target.
RWE says the project will bring economic benefits to the South-East region during both the construction phase, and the operational life of the wind farm.
Staff met local fishermen in recent days to inform them about the change of ownership, and to update them on the plans for the project.
Local politicians have also been contacted and briefed this week.
The company intends to hold a series of public consultations at different stages of the process, where they'll also share more information.
The exact size of the wind farm, the turbine locations, and the cable routes have all yet to be decided.
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