Saorgus Energy Ltd have recently put forward a proposal to erect 145 wind turbines in Dublin Bay to be known as the 'Dublin Array',
on the Kish Bank, just 10km from shore at the nearest point.
Save Our Seafront is in favour of renewable energies. We welcome effective policies and plans that will see Ireland transfer some of its energy sources from fossil fuels to renewables and work towards reaching targets for renewables set by the EU.
We need an effective national plan for renewable energy, that is state led, open to public scrutiny, respects the natural environment and has a built in process of consultation and appeal in line with best practice. SOS believes that renewable energy should come from a mix of sources & should be organised on a local, not industrial, scale. It appears that multinational companies have hijacked wind energy & are availing of subsidies to make money from the Green agenda. In SOS's view, communities themselves should decide how to meet their energy needs by a mix of geothermal, hydro, smaller turbines, solar, biomass, with the community involved at all stages of the decision making process.
However, in relation to the Dublin Array proposal, SOS have some major concerns.
In particular, Saorgus are seeking a lease to install 145 turbines just 10 kms from the coast of Dublin - we understand that two rows of turbines would be on the landward side of the Kish lighthouse. There is only one wind farm currently operating in the world that is bigger than this – London Array which has 175 turbines. We are also aware of a second proposal to have 220 wind turbines off Bray Head, 12 km offshore. These are much too close to shore. Such developments as these proposed at Kish Bank and Bray Head would have a disastrous effect on the environment, residents along the coast, and business and tourism interests in the area. Across Europe a best practice buffer zone of 22kms is developing …..see full text of SOS submission at link below