In Ireland, Ørsted owns and operates a portfolio of onshore wind farms with a combined capacity of more than 300 MW. Our ambition is to increase this by more than 600 MW in the coming decade.
In November 2023, Ørsted and FuturEnergy Ireland were granted planning approval from An Bord Pleanála for Coom Green Energy Park. With planning approval for the development granted, the next step for the project is to apply for a grid connection from EirGrid. Subject to successful confirmation of the project’s grid route, the site can be submitted into future RESS auctions or sell the power through corporate power purchase agreements. Subject to final investment decision, Coom Green Energy Park can potentially be operational by 2027, thereby making a significant contribution to Ireland’s pre-2030 emissions reductions targets.
Coom Green Energy Park comes with a substantial Community Benefit Fund. This consists of near neighbour contributions and a wider community fund that provides direct local project funding. An annual community benefit fund of approximately €500,000 for the first 15 years will be put in place once the site is operational.
The Coom Green Energy Park project team have extensive experience in the design, construction and operation of wind energy projects. Including extensive experience of key issues which may concern communities such as noise, shadow-flicker, traffic, ecology and water quality.
We are committed to mobilising our experience to ensure we meet our stated aim of creating wind projects which are good for Ireland, good for the local communities and good for the environment.
Community Liaison Officers are working with the local community to ensure that information is available and that queries are recognised and responded to in a transparent and efficient manner. We are committed to involving local people in the project and being honest and open in how we design the project. We are also committed to ensuring that local communities share in the economic opportunity that this project would bring.