Codling Bank Wind Park by Fred. Olsen Renewables is moving towards construction with Irish joint venture partner, Hazel Shore Ltd.
The Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources granted a foreshore lease on 15th November 2005 to Codling Bank Wind Park by Fred. Olsen Renewables. The lease is valid for a term of 99 years.
The wind farm will be located to the east of the shallow sand bank known as Codling Bank, approximately 13 kilometres off the east coast of Ireland, between Greystones and Wicklow. The closest towns of Kilcoole and Greystones are both situated some 14.8 km from the wind farm area and Wicklow is situated 17 km to the southwest.
The 220 turbines at Codling Bank Wind Park will be arrayed in a grid pattern with the overall layout in the form of a block extending perpendicularly to the coastline. The consented layout comprises 14 rows.
The less technical overview is available here - Codling non-technical summary. This gives this project a potential capacity of 1.1GW although this is subject to number and size of turbines available at the time the project goes into construction.
Codling Bank Wind Park by Fred. Olsen Renewables and Hazel Shore, could be feeding into the UK’s grid by 2020. Consented for 220 turbines, Codling Bank Wind Park is capable of satisfying the typical power requirements of more than 160,000 homes*. A second phase has been submitted for planning for a further 200 turbines.
*renewableUK source: Number of households supplied = B x 0.3 x 8760/4700 where B is the rated capacity of the wind energy development in kW, 0.3 is a constant, the capacity factor, which takes into account the intermittent nature of the wind, the availability of the wind turbines and array losses, and 8760 is the number of hours in a year.