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Matthews Welcomes Codling Wind Park Update

Green TD Steven Matthews has voiced his reaction to the latest update regarding the Codling Wind Park which will be situated along the coast of Wicklow between Greystones and Wicklow Town. The number of turbines has been reduced to a maximum of 75 from the original estimate of 100 and the company has announced a community benefit fund of E200m over the next 20 years, the largest known fund of this type worldwide.

 



Deputy Matthews said, “I have been a longtime advocate for renewable wind energy so to see this large-scale renewable energy project going forward for planning permission is extremely welcome.


“This is positive climate action in action and will provide consistent, future proofed clean energy for Ireland that will add to our energy reliance and surety of supply.

“This project will also create employment for Wicklow both during the construction phase and longer-term roles when it comes into operation.


“The confirmation of the €200 million Community Benefit Fund will create amazing opportunities for local community groups and initiatives for the next two decades. While this is a huge investment in our coastal communities, I would expect that further offshore wind projects will also continue to promote and support community efforts.#


“I will be working with the management of the Community Development Fund to ensure that Wicklow gets its fair share of funding and I look forward to working with both Wicklow County Council and local community organisations once that funding becomes available.


“I would encourage anyone with questions to attend one of the remaining public information sessions but if that isn’t possible, please drop me an email and I will do my best to answer any queries.


“These projects will be carried out to a very high environmental standard to ensure that we protect and restore our fragile marine environment. In my capacity as a TD, I have worked for two years on the Maritime Area Planning Act so that we have proper, planning led development in our marine area. The Marine Protected Areas Legislation is at an advanced stage, which will designate 30% of our marine area as a protected area which is incredibly important to protect sea life, biodiversity, and water quality for generations to come,” concluded Deputy Matthews.

 

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