Codling Wind Park to open pop-up information hub for the month of May in Greystones

Home » Codling Wind Park to open pop-up information hub for the month of May in Greystones
  • Codling Wind Park invites you to visit the team at Ireton’s shop, Killincarrick Road, Greystones. 
  • Open from 11-3 pm daily on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  • Drop in to get exclusive updates on the Codling Wind Park project in advance of submitting planning application.
  • Explore the final designs of the offshore wind park, including turbine numbers and layout.
  • Learn about the Community Benefit Fund and how you will access funding,
  • Immerse yourself in the vision of Codling Wind Park using state-of-the-art virtual reality headsets and engaging video materials.
  • See firsthand how this project is shaping Ireland’s sustainable future.

Ireland’s largest Phase One [1] offshore wind project, Codling Wind Park, which will be located off the County Wicklow coast, has confirmed a further 25% reduction in the number of turbines which will be required to deliver the project.

Previously it had been had thought around 100 turbines would need to be constructed but announcing the details of the project’s final design and layout today the project confirmed a maximum of 75 and a minimum of 60 turbines would now be required.

Although this is a significant reduction in wind turbines, the development will still generate 1,300 megawatts (MW) of clean electricity, enough to power over one million Irish homes[2].

According to the CSO this amounts to almost half (48%) of all permanent dwellings in Ireland. 


While the original estimate for the number of turbines required had been put at around 440, huge advances in wind turbine technology, and more efficient turbine models combined with a more detailed understanding of the wind farm site, means a maximum of 75 turbines – a reduction of 83% – will now be required.

The project, which will be located approximately 13 to 22 kilometres off the Co. Wicklow coast between Greystones and Wicklow Town is a 50/50 joint venture between Fred. Olsen Seawind and EDF Renewables.

When operational, it will help Ireland meet over 26% of Ireland’s 2030 grid-connected offshore wind targets while also helping the country achieve its target of generating 80% of its electricity from renewable energy by the same year.

The information hub in Greystones during May will provide members of the public as well as elected representatives with further details on the design and layout as well details on the various onshore and offshore environmental, technical and feasibility surveys which have been carried out as part of the project. Virtual reality headsets will also be available to attendees, enabling them to view the project from a variety of perspectives.

Project Director Scott Sutherland said everyone at Codling Wind Park was looking forward to sharing details of the final design with members of the local communities and other stakeholders ahead of submitting the planning application for the project.

“This is one of the largest energy infrastructure investments ever seen in Ireland and a tremendously exciting one to work on. As well as supplying over a quarter of Ireland’s 2030 offshore wind target, Codling Wind Park will support Irish energy independence, help stabilise the cost of electricity for Irish consumers and will displace 1.7 million tonnes of carbon[3]. It will also help the country realise its enormous potential to become a world leader in offshore wind.”

“Through various rounds of public consultation, we have listened to the people of Wicklow, Ringsend and Poolbeg and incorporated their feedback into the design where possible. The reduction and layout of the reduced number of turbines was always key in that regard.”

“The design of the project has been informed by a range of inputs including geophysical, aerial and vessel-based surveys – some going back over 15 years – which have all fed into an extremely detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report which forms a critical part of the planning application. Our aim at all times has been to protect the environment and mitigate any potential impacts as well as proactively enhancing it where possible.”

As well as details of the turbine numbers and layout, Community Benefit Fund (CBF) of up to €200m will be established as part of the project to fund local community-based projects.

The aim of the fund, which will be administered by an experienced and independent Fund Administrator, as part of the Offshore Renewable Energy Support Scheme (ORESS), is to deliver economic, environmental, social, and cultural benefits to local community groups over a twenty-year period.

Mr Sutherland said that the €10m per year Fund, one of the biggest anywhere in the world, would not become available until after the project had received planning and begun construction, he urged community groups to consider what projects or initiatives they would like to benefit from the fund.

“The Community Benefit Fund for this project will create lasting legacies for local communities near the project over the next 20 years. While the fund will not become operational until the construction phase of the project, we believe it’s very important for clubs, groups, and voluntary organisations to start their own preparation and planning, so they are fund-ready when the time comes.”

“The key thing to remember is that while Codling will provide the funding, the community will decide how it is spent. We want the community to start thinking now about what they will do with the funds”.

When developed, Codling Wind Park will be Ireland’s largest offshore wind farm. The project is expected to create over 1,000 jobs in the construction phase and 75 new, long-term jobs associated with its proposed Operations and Maintenance Base.

Subject to it receiving planning permission and all other necessary permits and consents being received, Codling Wind Park could begin construction in 2026-27. Construction is expected to take two to three years to complete.

To find out more about Codling Wind Park, please visit

[1] In May 2020 the Government designated six offshore wind projects which had been in development for some time as ‘Relevant Projects’ in the context of the Maritime Area Planning Bill which was then being developed and is now enacted. These projects – including Codling Wind Park – are now called Phase One projects and will be prioritised through the new offshore consenting, grid and ORESS regimes in order to contribute to the delivery of the Government target of 5GW of grid connected offshore wind by 2030.

[2] Figures calculated using SEAI data.

[3] Figures calculated using SEAI data.

Contact Information:

Kieran Garry
GPR Communications
Mobile: +353 87 2368366



About Codling Wind Park

Codling Wind Park is a proposed offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea, approximately 13-22 kilometres off Greystones and Wicklow Towns on the Wicklow Coast. Codling Wind Park is a 50:50 joint venture between EDF Renewables and Fred. Olsen Seawind. With an expected capacity of 1,300 megawatts (MW), it has the potential to supply over one million Irish homes with low carbon, locally produced, low-cost electricity, and to save 1.7 million tonnes of carbon emissions every year.


About EDF Renewables Ireland

EDF Renewables Ireland is part of one of the world’s largest electricity companies and our investment and innovation in renewable energy projects is reducing costs for consumers and bringing significant benefits to communities. EDF Renewables Ireland’s team has a wealth of experience in bringing complex development projects to fruition, across onshore and offshore wind, solar PV and battery storage technology, and is supported by more than 400 colleagues in the UK.

In 2020 it acquired 50% of Codling Wind Park, a major offshore wind farm which will be located off the coast of Wicklow, and it has also entered into a 50:50 partnership to develop the Emerald and Western Star floating offshore wind farms, to be located off the coasts of Cork and Clare, respectively. Together, these three projects could power over two million homes across Ireland.

Earlier this year it energised three of Ireland’s first grid-scale solar farms and announced plans for five onshore wind farms across Ireland. In total it has an Irish onshore development pipeline of almost 1GW. In the UK, EDF Renewables has an operating portfolio of 36 wind farms and two battery storage units (together totalling more than 1.5GW) and a development pipeline of 14GW across wind, solar and battery storage. EDF Renewables operates in more than 20 countries around the world.


About Fred. Olsen Seawind

Fred. Olsen Seawind AS is an established offshore wind developer building on Fred. Olsen Renewables’ 25 years wind track record, market presence and portfolio.

Fred. Olsen Renewables was involved in Codling from 1999 to 2022, when it was transferred to Fred. Olsen Seawind

Utilising the extensive experience in Scotland gained through over 25 years of development, construction, and operation of onshore wind Fred. Olsen Seawind is committed to progressing offshore wind projects in Ireland, Norway and Scotland and is exploring opportunities in new markets.

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