EDF Renewables Ireland has announced its plans to develop a 100MW wind farm to the south of Bellacorick in Mayo. The proposed project, which could consist of up to 25 turbines, will be located in a forested area to the northeast of Slieve Carr, approximately 8km southeast of Bangor Erris.
The project team is currently gathering wind data and mapping the environmental constraints on site which will be used to create a preliminary wind turbine layout. Detailed environmental studies will also be carried out at the site, including ecology, noise, landscape and visual assessments. The results of these studies, together with feedback gathered in consultation with local communities, will be used to determine the final wind farm layout and number of turbines. EDF Renewables Ireland intends to submit a planning application and an Environmental Impact Assessment Report in support of the project to An Bord Pleanála in early 2022. Subject to planning permission, the wind farm is expected to be operational in 2028.